UFC 261 live blog: Valentina Shevchenko vs. Jessica Andrade
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.