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UFC 196 live blog: Amanda Nunes vs. Valentina Shevchenko

Amanda Nunes and Valentina Shevchenko will kick things off on the UFC 196 main card Saturday.
Amanda Nunes and Valentina Shevchenko will kick things off on the UFC 196 main card Saturday.
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This is the UFC 196 live blog for Amanda Nunes vs. Valentina Shevchenko, a bantamweight bout at Saturday night's UFC event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.

Nunes, who has four wins in her past five fights, will face Shevchenko, who has five straight wins, on the main card.

Check out the UFC 196 live blog below.

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Round 1: The referee is Herb Dean. Shevchenko is southpaw, Nunes is orthodox and moving quite a bit more. Shevchenko appears to trying to counter early, which is having a stalling effect on the action. Nunes partially lands a head kick, but eats a right hand for her efforts. Shevchenko counters Nunes as she moves in, but doesn't land with authority. Hard outside leg kick scores for Nunes. And another. Shevchenko throws hooks from both sides, but they miss. Nunes plants her opponent on the canvas with a trip and now works from Shevchenko's guard. Shevchecko grabs an ankle and stands, but the round ends.

MMA Fighting scores this round 10-9 Nunes

Round 2: The two open up early with Nunes landing a body kick and dodging Shevchenko's punch. Shevchenko catches a kick and plants Nunes on the canvas, but ends up underneath herself when Shevchenko over commits on a kick and slips. Strong hammerfists now by the Brazilian. Shevchenko is working knee shield, but she's getting worked on. Shevchenko spins to her feet briefly, but is taken down again. Nunes pounds on her some more before Nunes passes to mount, then back mount. Nunes is working a rear naked choke and nearly gets it, but Shevchenko is on top after slipping out of back control.

MMA Fighting scores this round 10-9 Nunes

Round 3: Nunes is cracked by an elbow and tries to trip Shevchenko, but is reversed, so Shevchenko is on top. Nunes is in a crucifix and nearly gets Americana'd, but avoids it and reverses to her feet. Nunes leans in for a takedown and eats two hard knees from Shevchenko. Shevchenko stuffs another takedown, but isn't pouring on the offense. Shevchenko is trying to score with knees from the clinch and is, but it's not doing enough. Superman punch to the body lands for Shevchenko. Snapdown from Shevchenko dumps Nuns face first to the mat. She wins the round, but it's likely too little, too late.

MMA Fighting scores this round 10-9 Shevchenko and the fight 29-28 Nunes

Amanda Nunes def. Valentina Shevchenko via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-27, 29-27)

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