UFC women’s flyweight Antonina Shevchenko set off her record-breaking night with smashing colors. Antonina came out on top against Ariane Lipski by earning a second-round TKO victory that came at 04:33. Additionally, her win set the scene for a UFC first that will see two sisters compete on the same card. 125-pound champion Valentina Shevchenko will defend her gold strap in the co-main event for UFC 255.
Antonina Shevchenko looked sensational right from the get-go and it was apparent that she had trained in grappling extensively. Her last loss came to Katlyn Chookagian, and her performance in that fight exposed some grappling deficiencies. In classic ‘Shevchenko sister’s’ style she went back to the drawing board and now looks like a monster on the ground.
UFC women’s flyweights: Antonina Shevchenko vs Ariane Lipski
After a strong first round, the 9-2 fighter knew that she could begin chasing the finish in the second round. ‘Pantera’ managed to gain a powerful position on her opponent and began raining down heavy blows from top mount. The referee gave Ariane Lipski every opportunity to defend herself, but she wasn’t successful in that regard.
‘The Queen of Violence’ Ariane Lipski had plenty on her shoulders going into the bout as she was coming off an impressive submission win. However, it just wasn’t her night as she had no answer for Shevchenko’s relentless ground pressure. What’s more, it seemed like she was being grounded and controlled at will.
The Shevchenko sisters' night begins with a second-round TKO for @AntoninaPantera 😤
— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) November 22, 2020
“I wanted it so much, I trained so hard I just needed this victory to come back with a victory at home. First of all, I just wanted and second of all two sisters are competing each night and we both have to win, so I just did my part. [I’m] very happy for this.”
“Of course I had this pressure because the perfect performance would be if two sisters win, and of course I had to do my part. But it was good pressure, it was not bad pressure that you feel like ‘Oh, under the pressure.”
Antonina Shevchenko will now look towards her sister’s performance in the co-main event against Jennifer Maia. As good as competing on the same card is, getting a decisive win just makes things all the better.
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