UFC 261 outcomes: Valentina Shevchenko bludgeons Jessica Andrade with elbows to earn second-round stoppage

Many thought Jessica Andrade was going to be the largest menace to Valentina Shevchenko’s title reign. The flyweight champion clearly had different concepts.

In a takedown heavy efficiency, Shevchenko tossed Andrade across the octagon within the opening spherical after which did the identical within the second earlier than shifting into the crucifix place the place she simply unloaded a relentless barrage of punches and elbows. With Andrade trapped and simply consuming the strikes with no indicators of escaping, the referee stepped into cease the struggle with the top coming at 3:19 within the second spherical at UFC 261.

“I prefer to shock folks,” Shevchenko stated about her win. “I can do every little thing. My plan was come into the octagon and destroy my opponent. I noticed the blood. I knew I needed to go tougher, tougher, tougher to cease the struggle.”

Like a sniper, Shevchenko was fast to make use of her putting accuracy to set the tone within the early exchanges whereas conserving Andrade on the top of her punches. The flyweight champion then blended in a sequence of takedowns as she began to make use of her suffocating grappling sport as nicely.

All informed, Shevchenko landed 5 takedowns within the opening spherical as Andrade was clearly down early as she went again to her nook trying to change the momentum because the struggle moved ahead.

Sadly for the Brazilian, Shevchenko continued to dish out extra of the identical punishment with a sequence of highly effective physique lock takedowns that introduced the struggle crashing to the bottom.

The ultimate takedown led to Shevchenko shifting into the crucifix the place she didn’t cease throwing elbows till the referee couldn’t permit Andrade to soak up any additional punishment.

With this win, Shevchenko strikes to 7-0 at flyweight within the UFC with 5 consecutive title defenses and one other contender vanquished on Saturday evening.

“Right here I’m, I’m prepared for anybody,” Shevchenko stated in a message to her division. “Everyone seems to be asking to struggle me, right here I’m. Whereas my opponents attempt to determine what’s a weak point of mine, don’t waste your time. There may be none.”

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