Saturday’s UFC Fight Night from Belem, Brazil was an event for the hardcore fans that can still enjoy a card stacked with South American fighters lacking Wikipedia entries. But even those folks probably wrapped up their viewing experience a bit disturbed by the horrible mismatch they witnessed in the co-main event between No. 1 ranked former bantamweight Valentina Shevchenko and unranked UFC newcomer Priscila Cachoeira.
On paper, the fight looked bad. It got even worse in reality as it was clear from the first exchange that Cachoeira wasn’t on the same level as Shevchenko. Valentina, a fighter with several shelves worth of kickboxing titles, responded to Priscila’s first feint with a lightning fast counter that dazed the Brazilian and sent her reeling backwards. From that moment on it was a one sided beatdown on the feet and eventually on the ground, where Shevchenko unleashed an endless torrent of elbows on her bloodied opponent.