Canadian fans were treated to a flop show at UFC 215 as the card bombed and some of the fights turned out to be pretty boring, atleast to the casual MMA Fan. Former UFC Heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos vs. Francis Ngannou was one of the main fights on the card but it fell through in August after USADA flagged JDS.
UFC 215 Loses Two Top Fights
Fans were not happy but things were about to get worse as less than two days before the UFC 215 card – the Main Event was cancelled. The Main Event was supposed to be UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson taking on Ray Borg but the fight fell through as Borg was battling an illness and was not cleared to fight. The UFC was forced to promote the co-main event between Nunes and Shevchenko to the Main Event.
With two of the top fights falling through, UFC 215 looked pretty weak and it was up to Nunes and Shevchenko to put up a show. UFC color commentator Joe Rogan tried to hype the fight card by stating that the new Main Event was potentially the greatest MMA match in the women’s bantamweight division.
By those standards, the Main Event was a letdown for a sell-out crowd at Rogers Place in Edmonton. Nunes and Shevchenko fought a very technical fight as both fighters did not engage in a brawl or look for a knock-out. The crowd wasn’t very impressed and were clearly agitated to see both fighters playing it safe.
Nunes Wins By Split Decision
There were concerns leading up to the fight that Nunes would struggle with her cardio if it did go 5 rounds. However she had no problem going 5 rounds as Shevchenko did not push her or take her to the ground. The champion managed to take Shevchenko down in the 5th round and scored crucial points in the final minutes of the match. Nunes won by split decision and succeeded in defending her belt for the second time.
Shevchenko wasn’t very happy with the decision and said that in her mind she won the fight and wasn’t sure why the judges decided to give Nunes the win. Shevchenko is a seasoned pro and can only blame herself as she knows better than to leave it to the judges. She was unable to pull the trigger and finish Nunes and in the end, she should have done more if she wanted to win the belt!