Valentina Shevchenko is an elite female fighter. We know this. We’ve seen her handiwork firsthand.
Priscila Cachoeira is not an elite female fighter. We know this because she fought Shevchenko in the co-main event of UFC Fight Night 125, and, uh, it was not even remotely competitive.
To make matters worse, referee Mario Yamasaki decided to let Shevchenko murder Cachoeira in the cage, so what we got was a lot of unnecessary violence.
From the outset, Shevchenko was taking big chunks out of her opponent on the feet. Their striking skills weren’t even in the same league. But then Shevchenko took her down, and utterly mauled her with ground and pound. Yamasaki could’ve jumped in at any time – heck, he should have. He didn’t though, and when the horn sounded to mark the end of the round, Cachoeira was a bloody mess.
Round 2 played out in similar fashion, but this time Shevchenko mercifully slipped on a rear naked choke, forcing Cachoeira to tap.
It was a great performance for Shevchenko, but it was marred by bad matchmaking and even worse officiating.
Results: Valentina Shevchenko def. Priscila Cachoeira via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 4:25, R2