Belts on The Line
Who won Shevchenko vs Andrade?
Valentina Shevchenko beat Jessica Andrade by knockout in the 2nd round, during the main card of UFC 261, on Saturday 24th April 2021 at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 5 rounds in the Women’s Flyweight division, which meant the weight limit was 125 pounds (8.9 stone or 56.7 KG).
This contest was for the UFC women’s flyweight championship.
Shevchenko vs Andrade stats
Valentina Shevchenko stepped into the ring with a record of 20 wins, 3 loses and 0 draws, 6 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 7 by submission.
Jessica Andrade made her way to the ring with a record of 21 wins, 8 loses and 0 draws, with 8 of those wins by knock out and 7 by submission.
The stats suggested Andrade had a slight advantage in power over Shevchenko, with a 38% knock out percentage over Shevchenko's 30%.
Valentina Shevchenko was the older woman by 4 years, at 33 years old.
Shevchenko had a height advantage of 4 inches over Andrade. That also extended to a 3-inch reach advantage.
Shevchenko was arguably the more experienced fighter, having had 6 less fights, and made her debut in 2003, 8 years and 4 months earlier than Andrade, whose first professional fight was in 2011. She had fought 3 more professional rounds, 61 to Andrade's 58.
Shevchenko vs Andrade form
Shevchenko had won 5 of her most recent fights, stopping 2 of them, going to the judges 3 times.
In her last fight before this contest, she had defeated Jennifer Maia on 21st November 2020 by unanimous decision in their UFC Women’s Flyweight championship fight at UFC APEX, Las Vegas, United States.
Previous to that, she had defeated Katlyn Chookagian on 8th February 2020 by knockout in the 3rd round in their UFC Women’s Flyweight championship fight at Toyota Center, Houston.
Going into that contest, she had beat Liz Carmouche on 10th August 2019 by unanimous decision in their UFC Women’s Flyweight championship fight at Antel Arena, Montevideo, Uruguay.
Before that, she had won against Jessica Eye on 8th June 2019 by knockout in the 2nd round in their UFC Women’s Flyweight championship fight at United Center, Chicago, United States.
She had beat Joanna Jedrzejczyk on 8th December 2018 by unanimous decision in their UFC Women’s Flyweight championship fight at Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, Canada.
Jessica Andrade had stopped 3 of her last 5 opponents.
In her last fight leading up to this contest, she had defeated Katlyn Chookagian at UFC Fight Island 6 on 17th October 2020 by knockout in the 1st round at UFC Fight Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Previous to that, she Rose Namajunas at UFC 251 on 11th July 2020 by split decision in their 3 round contest at UFC Fight Island, Abu Dhabi.
Going into that contest, she Weili Zhang at UFC on ESPN+ 15 on 31st August 2019 by knockout in the 1st round in their UFC Women’s Strawweight championship fight at Universiade Sports Centre, Shenzhen, China.
Before that, she had defeated Rose Namajunas at UFC 237 on 11th May 2019 by knockout in the 2nd round in their UFC Women’s Strawweight championship fight at Jeunesse Arena, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
She had won against Karolina Kowalkiewicz at UFC 228 on 8th September 2018 by knockout in the 1st round at American Airlines Center, Dallas, United States.
In terms of activity leading into the fight, Valentina Shevchenko had been fighting more than Jessica Andrade.
Going to this contest, Valentina Shevchenko had last fought 5 months and 18 days ago, while Jessica Andrade's last outing had been 6 months and 22 days ago.
Shevchenko's last 5 fights had come over a period of 2 years, 5 months and 1 day, meaning she had been fighting on average every 5 months and 25 days. In those fights, she fought a total of 20 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 4 rounds on average.
Andrade's last 5 fights had come over a period of 2 years, 8 months and 1 day, meaning she had been fighting on average every 6 months and 13 days. In those fights, she fought a total of 8 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 1.6 rounds on average.