“Judges Weren’t Going to Go Against Valentina’s “Heyyyy”” – Fans Call Robbery Once Again as Antonina Shevchenko Defeats Cortney Casey at UFC Vegas 58

Published 07/09/2022, 8:46 PM EDT

Antonina Shevchenko returned to the win column after a hard-fought victory at UFC Vegas 58. ‘La Pantera’ defeated Cortney Casey via a split decision. With the close win, she broke her two-fight losing skid. ‘Cast Iron‘ showed grit to stand against a Muay Thai specialist and nearly secured the contest.

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Official Result: Shevchenko defeated Casey via a split decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29).

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The 37-year-old Shevchenko sister had a close first round with the 35-year-old Arizona-based athlete. However, in the second round, she dominated her counterpart. The MMA Lab standout showed she would not let the fight slip and made a definitive statement in the third round.

The judges had it split for Antonina Shevchenko. With only the first round in question, the Tiger Muay Thai athlete got her hand raised. However, one judge, surprisingly, gave the second round to Casey, whereas the first round was unanimous for Shevchenko.

Thus, the scoring of the bout was questioned by the fight fanatics, who thought the American fighter should’ve gotten the nod.

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With Valentina Shevchenko cheering in the corner, her sister went to work inside the Octagon. Further, though the bout was extremely close, Casey won the final round dominantly. Besides, the first round was close, which made the fans furious about the decision.

Anyhow, Casey might have lost the decision on the judges’ scorecard, but she received nothing but love from the MMA fans. Also, for Shevchenko, she needed the win to elevate her run in the UFC.

What’s next for Antonina Shevchenko and Cortney Casey?

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The Tiger Muay Thai gym fighter will hope to get a top 15 opponent after a tough win against a veteran fighter in Cortney Casey. Moreover, a bout with Tracy Cortez could make a lot of sense for Antonina Shevchenko.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – NOVEMBER 20: (L-R) Opponents Antonina Shevchenko of Kyrgyzstan and Ariane Lipski of Brazil face off during the UFC 255 weigh-in at UFC APEX on November 20, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

As far as Casey goes in the flyweight division, she could take on Ariane Lipski to get back in the win column after a razor-thin bout against a former top 10 flyweight fighter, La Pantera.

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What do you make of the decision in Antonina Shevchenko vs. Cortney Casey bout? Share your opinion on the comments.

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Deepak Kumar

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Deepak Kumar is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. His love for MMA comes from the chaos and violence the fight game brings to the table. A BJJ aspirant, Deepak began following the sport as a casual fan when Ronda Rousey was finishing her opponents in seconds.

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