Lost in all the talk over Mario Yamasaki’s refusal to stop the co-main event Saturday night at UFC Fight Night 125 was the actual performance of Valentina Shevchenko.
The former UFC female bantamweight title challenger completely dominated Priscila Cachoeira, locking up a submission finish in the second round.
Shevchenko, making her debut at the new weight, had no trouble with the Brazilian in her home country. She out-landed her by over 200 strikes, many of which went directly to the face of Cachoeira.
The 29-year-old improved to 15-3 overall with two of those three losses being decision defeats to current UFC bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes.
With Nicco Montano having won the inaugural belt last year after The Ultimate Fighter, is Shevchenko the No. 1 contender? The Russian didn’t completely buy into that notion, but she isn’t shying away from it either.
“I know the champion is injured,” she said. “If everyone wants to see me fight for the title, I do too. Nicco, let’s do it.”
Hear more from Shevchenko during her post-fight interview inside the Octagon Saturday night.