Nunes keeps belt, defeats Shevchenko at UFC 215 in Edmonton

MMA DFS Playbook: UFC 215

LIVE hotel in Los Angeles, Calif., on Thursday, June 29, 2017.

Amanda Nunes gave herself a passing grade for her performance at UFC 215 Saturday night.

If the slight was meant as disciplinary action, Nunes was allowed out of the penalty box early. Johnson was looking to set the UFC record for consecutive title defenses, as he is now tied with Anderson Silva.

Like a perpetually swinging axe, Stephens completely dominated Melendez to take a unanimous decision, but we've been here before and an impressive victory is usually followed by a disappointing defeat. "I know she's gonna go back and beat a lot of girls in this division..."

Nunes said she thinks her mission will be more attainable Saturday than it would have been in July at T-Mobile Arena when she insists she wasn't healthy despite being cleared to fight.

The women's bantamweight champion said that her doctor advised her to have the surgery before taking the fight with Shevchenko, but Nunes said that she wasn't ready to do that until she was able to "shut up" her divisional rival. I was looking to stand and trade punches with him but when I felt that I could control his weight, I chose to go with that.

What will be interesting to see is how the UFC opts to promote Nunes going forward as she was in UFC President Dana White's doghouse after this fight was pushed back from UFC 213 when Nunes withdrew due to an illness the morning of the event.

Over the past two years, Nunes has beaten Shevchenko twice, submitted Miesha Tate and battered Ronda Rousey.

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Shevchenko was comfortable in her role as the counter fighter. Tyson Pedro knew not to be there and managed to use the cage to help him get back to his feet, not without eating a few hard shots to do so.

The closeness of the first bout and Shevchenko's strength when the fight ended lent intrigue to a rematch. I knew she was the one getting exhausted, not me. "It will be the same fight, the same opponent, and it will be the same preparation".

Still, Shevchenko was the most recent challenger to come close to dethroning the champion.

According to the latest oddsmakers, Shevchenko is favored to take the title, as she is listed with -125 odds.

"I wanted to shut this girl up". The pair met previously in a three-round bout at UFC 196, with the Brazilian Nunes earning the decision victory. (People are talking) like I was scared or something like that.

Donald Cerrone, who he decimated in a lightweight title fight, lies ahead of him in the rankings while the victor of Stephen Thompson/Jorge Masvidal at UFC 217 is an enticing prospect also.

Flyweight Henry "The Messenger" Cejudo, looking for another title shot against Demetrious Johnson, nailed Wilson Reis of Brazil square in the jaw, dropping him to the mat, then pounded him into a knockout 25 seconds into the second round.

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