Shevchenko not impressed with judge’s decision

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Valentina Shevchenko lost a close, split decision to UFC women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes at UFC 215 on Saturday night. Everything significant happened standing, and Shevchenko outstruck Nunes. However, MMA judges can be swayed by aggression and blind to tactics. Nunes was large and looming and constantly pressuring forward, and got takedowns, and won the split decision.

Shevchenko was not impressed.

“I really don’t understand why the victory goes to the other side,” she said to Joe Rogan shortly after the decision was announced, as transcribed by Peter Carroll for MMA Fighting. “For two takedowns in five rounds? She didn’t hit me with one punch. Nothing significant. Look at her face. Her nose is rosy from my punches. Why she is still [And Still], I don’t understand. Even when I was on the ground, I kicked very hard from the ground position and I really don’t understand why.”

“I think that she didn’t want to be in this fight. She didn’t hit this fight…not one punch. Just like these kicks, these are her kicks,” said Shevchenko, mocking Nunes’ technique by kicking the air limply.

“I hit hard…I hit hard. This is the reason I hit hard,” she pointing to her own bleeding shin. “I definitely will win this next fight. I won this fight and I totally disagree with this decision going to the other side. I disagree.”

Shevchenko expressed similar feelings at the post fight press conference.

“My thoughts on this fight…first of all, I respect decision of judge, but I don’t agree with the decision at all,” she said. “I think this fight…in three rounds this was my points…I won these three rounds. In the final fifth round, only one takedown and she didn’t do nothing, just one takedown.

“And for this takedown to give victory, I don’t agree with this. Even when I was on the ground I was landing more punches and she was just holding the position, nothing more.”

“After the first round it was pretty close. Second, third and fourth it was mine. And fifth…all the rounds it was mine. Just one takedown, I think about this, the judge gave one to the other side.

“Even this takedown, it was only a control position and I was landing more punches from being on the ground.”

“I’m frustrated with the decision because I don’t agree totally. My opinion, if it will be victory it should be victory, like, clear. In this fight I see more tactical.

“You can see on her face and my face who landed more punches. I had on my shin stitches because, I don’t know, maybe her teeth. It was cut in, bleeding. I totally disagree.”

The official score cards:

It is beyond baffling that in a sport now 24 years old, judges like Sal D’Amato who couldn’t explain how to get out of bottom mount, are still judging high-level events.