Over the weekend, Valentina Shevchenko successfully defended her flyweight title with a unanimous decision over Liz Carmouche. The only problem was, the fight was objectively boring for the fans. Over the course of five rounds, Shevchenko only landed 42 strikes and one takedown (per UFC Stats). The problem for Carmouche was, she did even less, landing only 18 strikes, only one of which was to the head. Needless to say, coming off the back of Shevchenko’s sensational head kick KO of Jessica Eye in June, her main event performance at UFC Uruguay left much to be desired and had fans critiquing her showing. But not everyone was so down on Shevchenko’s performance.
Former UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping was ready to cut the flyweight champion some slack. Bisping was down in Uruguay as one of the commentators for the event and he says Shevchenko’s performance wasn’t entirely on her and that Shevchenko is a victim of her own success.
“I think the problem for Shevchenko is that she was so amazing in her last fight,” Bisping said on his Believe You Me podcast. “People were kind of expecting another stunning knockout, especially when you combine it with the fact that - and no disrespect to Liz Carmouche, very, very tough fighter, been around for a long period, she deserves respect - on paper, when you break it down, Shevchenko’s supposed to smoke her all day long. That’s what everybody was expecting.
“So number one, everybody was expecting it. Secondly, Carmouche staying so far on the outside . . . she was a little hesitant to get inside the pocket so she wasn’t landing much and Shevchenko’s game plan was to let Carmouche come to her and then counter. And Carmouche wasn’t doing that.”
Carmouche certainly wasn’t doing that and even said after the fight that she expected Shevchenko to be the aggressive fighter. Shevchenko remained content to win a dominant if uninspiring decision and said as much after the fight. After all, Shevchenko was the one with something to lose on Saturday and at no point did it look like she was in danger of doing so, so why should she change things up? That’s what Bisping argued, even likening Shevchenko to another once dominant champion who turned in a few underwhelming fights during his day: Anderson Silva.
“Could she have done more?,” Bisping asked rhetorically. “Yeah, she could’ve done more but you’ve got to remember, she’s defending the UFC world title. There’s a lot of pressure there. Great things happen to you when you’re UFC champion of the world and you don’t want to lose that. Number one you’ve got the money, you’ve got the fame, you’ve got the adoration, all that. And then you’ve got external opportunities. You get more sponsors, you get more recognition. For instance, when I won the belt against Luke Rockhold, that was on a Saturday. Monday morning I had two emails about potential movie offers. People want to do business with world champions. Sponsors want to do it. Movies want to do it. You’re on top of the world.
“So when you put all that together, yes could she have done more? 100 percent. Was it a classic performance? No. Was it a performance she wasn’t overly proud of? Perhaps. But was it truly dominant? Was it utterly one-sided? Yes, it was. And what you’ve got to remember is that as a champion, sometimes that’s going to happen. Look back at Anderson Silva. Look at his title reign. Not every fight he was in was the most sensational fight. Yes he provided many, many beautiful, extreme, creative knockouts that captured everybody’s imagination but some of them . . . The first one that springs to mind is Demian Maia. That fight was just god damn awful. But it didn’t affect his legacy.
“So Shevchenko, well done. A very, very successful title defense. Not the most stunning but as we just said, that’s just the way it goes sometimes.”
Silva of course turned in a number of bad fights, to the point that Dana White threatened to fire him during the height of his GOAT era because he was so mad about it. But time has washed away the forgettable performances and left fans only remembering the good times foe “The Spider”: his knockout of Vitor Belfort, submitting Chael Sonnen, and embarrassing Forrest Griffin. And Bisping thinks the same thing will happen for Shevchenko.
“I can’t wait to see her fight again because we know what she’s capable of,” Bisping said. “I don’t think her stock went down at all. It wasn’t the most exciting fight but it was a clearly dominant, technically brilliant fight. It was a fantastic performance it just wasn’t edge of your seat stuff.”
As for what’s next for “Bullet”, Shevchenko has begun calling for a trilogy bout with bantamweight and featherweight champion Amanda Nunes. Nunes holds two wins over Shevchenko already, though the second was a contentious split decision. And with Cris Cyborg now out of the picture, a superfight with Shevchenko may make the most sense for Nunes. But Bisping hopes not. He argues that Shevchenko and Nunes are the two greatest female fighters ever and that the UFC needs to wait on that so they can build it up into the biggest fight in WMMA history.
“That’s the fight. That’s the big money fight. Of course they were talking about Cyborg-Nunes again but Cyborg’s gone. She’s out of the equation at the moment. But still, I don’t think it’s the right time right now. She did lose and her last lost to Nunes wasn’t that long ago. So I think she needs to pick off a few more opponents at her own weight class to build the hype a bit more. Get a couple of knockouts, get everybody talking. Just like the Jessica Eye fight. She needs another performance like that. Then people will be like ‘F*ck, she might just beat Amanda Nunes,’ so it will really sell.
“Listen, Nunes and Shevchenko are by far and large the two best female fighters to ever grace the octagon. . . You name it, they can do it all so yeah, I would love to see that somewhere down the line.”
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SOCIAL MEDIA BOUILLABAISSE
@LynchOnSports if you or anyone believe what @rickybandejas is saying about @MarkCoachmark13 , @FrankieEdgar, and the rest of the #ironarmy you are all senseless!! Ricky was invited to train with those guys EVERYDAY! He chose to spar with ammy guys. #whatajoke #thedisrespect— Corey Anderson UFC (@CoreyA_MMA) August 13, 2019
Didn't say you did. But the fact that Ricky would say some shit like that on air about a FAMILY of guys and girls that would drop everything in the drop of a hat for him is a disgrace! I'm not upset with you, you did ur job. @rickybandejas just pulled a bitch move!!— Corey Anderson UFC (@CoreyA_MMA) August 13, 2019
Hey, seems pretty immature and childish for you to try and dissect such a simple interview. Where as nothing disrespectful or offensive was said but being around you and your social media for so many years I can not expect anything less. Your always trying to stir the pot— Ricky Bandejas (@rickybandejas) August 13, 2019
you love the drama/a little gossip girl. Constantly voicing your “opinion”. I just do not see where you could have one with me or my situation being we shared all of 10 words in public? Thanks for your concern bud and thanks for the view on mine and Lynch’s interview.— Ricky Bandejas (@rickybandejas) August 13, 2019
10 words publicly?! You had what 10 @CFFCMMA fights? Were I not in your corner for 8 of them? I'm the one who gave you the name "Pretty" Ricky... Do I not play with your kids EVERY Saturday they come to the gym? ALL OUR wives hangout at the gym. But you had your own circle?!— Corey Anderson UFC (@CoreyA_MMA) August 13, 2019
@NickCatone would have gave up everything he could to see you shine like a star.. and after 2 losses this is how you repay him for EVERYTHING. This ain't got shit to do with drama this has everything to do with you showing your true colors and you disloyalty to a family/team.— Corey Anderson UFC (@CoreyA_MMA) August 13, 2019
Man are you delusional? First I had 11 CFFC fights, cornered 8?! Maybe 3, all on nicks doing. Yes you did give me that “Pretty Ricky” name. Played with my kids?! what world are you living in? Hi and bye does not count, I understand you might feel stupid and want to uphold an— Ricky Bandejas (@rickybandejas) August 13, 2019
image but do not start bsing. As for mine and Nick Catone’s relationship, do not speak on something you have absolutely no clue about. Has nothing to do with my loses. True colors ? Disloyalty? Your shot, look up the definition. Ten years at that gym, from the first day that— Ricky Bandejas (@rickybandejas) August 13, 2019
place opened. It is what it is, stop being a bitch. Put your energy else where my man. I don’t know what you hear or are told but Nick and I ended in a good/civil matter.— Ricky Bandejas (@rickybandejas) August 13, 2019
Bitch Im speaking to you while Im standing next to Nick....hes reading the messages, you left in a damn text message!! I'm immature but you weren't man enough to tell your life long coach to his face you wanted to go else where!? Sounds like what a bitch does to break up.— Corey Anderson UFC (@CoreyA_MMA) August 14, 2019
Damn, never wanted to take this road but since you cant just mind your business. Im sure Nick will show you the text and the hour conversation we had after about me leaving. So please once again understand there is three sides to every story. pic.twitter.com/AIhBBBXW7E— Ricky Bandejas (@rickybandejas) August 14, 2019
June 28th.... 2 weeks ago... text him now since you went on the air and spoke up. Better yet call him... like a man. Cuz unlike you I won't take that road and post his conversation that we are having on Aug 13th 915-931pm . ✌— Corey Anderson UFC (@CoreyA_MMA) August 14, 2019
If you knew how to just shut the fuck up and mind your business we would of never had to cross this bridge. Don’t talk to me about taking the high road. Should of never bothered me.— Ricky Bandejas (@rickybandejas) August 14, 2019
Im supposed to take advice from you?! HA! I'll never listen to the advice of a Bitch... especially a disloyal lying bitch. I'm sure I'll see ya around...✌— Corey Anderson UFC (@CoreyA_MMA) August 14, 2019
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TODAY IN MMA HISTORY
I’ve said for awhile Valentina is Anderson 2.0. She’s a pure counterfighter. If someone pushes the pace on her, she’ll do amazing things. If they don’t, it’ll look like a few of Anderson’s most forgettable performances. At the end of the day, we’ll probably get more awesome highlights than duds.
Thanks for reading and see y’all tomorrow.
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