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UFC on Fox 20, which emanated from the United Center in Chicago, Illinois, was hit pretty hard by a range of lineup-altering issues. Despite the many adjustments its lineup experienced, however, the card turned out to be a pretty fun one.
Anchored by a women’s bantamweight bout between Holly Holm and Valentina Shevchenko, and supported by appearances from veterans, prospects, and contenders alike, the card was packed to the edges with exciting finishes and competitive scraps.
Here’s a recap of the madness for those who missed it!
The Main Card:
Shevchenko Outguns Holm Over Five Rounds
Chicago’s main event saw former bantamweight champion Holly Holm attempt to bounce back from her UFC 196 title loss to Miesha Tate, and regain some of the mystique she gained by snuffing Ronda Rousey in 2015. Her opportunity to do so came against Kyrgyzstani muay thai specialist Valentina “Bullet” Shevchenko. The contest marked the first non-title women’s bout to headline a televised UFC card.
As many expected, this fight between boxing export and muay thai specialist unfolded almost exclusively on the feet. And though Holm entered the fight as the betting favourite, she was ultimately out-struck by her smaller foe. Over the course of encounter, the former champ landed just 69 strikes, while Shevchenko connected with 110. Given that Shevchenko also came out on top in the fight’s brief grappling exchanges, the judges seemed to have a pretty easy decision on their hands at the end of the fifth.
With this unanimous decision victory, Shevchenko rebounds from a competitive loss to new champ Amanda Nunes. Though she would certainly be better suited in a smaller division, she stands out as one of the bantamweight division’s top dogs with a 4-1 UFC record and 13-2 mark overall.
Holm, on the other hand, stumbles onto the first two-fight ….View full article