UFC 261 live blog: Valentina Shevchenko vs. Jessica Andrade


This is the UFC 261 live blog for Valentina Shevchenko vs. Jessica Andrade, a flyweight title fight on Saturday’s fight card at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Fla.

Shevchenko, the most dominant champion in the short history of the UFC women’s flyweight division, attempts the fifth defense of her title five months after a slow start against Jennifer Maia at UFC 255 led to another rout. Since claiming the vacant title, Shevchenko has looked near-perfect in performances against Joanna Jedrzejczyk, Jessica Eye, Liz Carmouche, Katlyn Chookagian and Maia.

In Andrade, however, Shevchenko meets one of the heaviest-handed fighters in women’s MMA. The Brazilian powerhouse, once a bantamweight, has earned her past three victories by way of knockout, most recently stopping Chookagian with a body shot to earn a title opportunity. The win put her back on track after a pair of losses at strawweight against current champ Zhang Weili and ex-champ Rose Namajunas, whom she knocked out with a violent slam to briefly hold the strawweight belt.

Check out the UFC 261 live blog below.

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