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Who won Shevchenko vs Maia?
Valentina Shevchenko beat Jennifer Maia by unanimous decision in their 5 round contest, during the co-main event of UFC 255, on Saturday 21st November 2020 at UFC APEX in Las Vegas.
The scorecards were announced as in favor of winner Valentina Shevchenko.
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 Maia stats
Valentina Shevchenko stepped into the ring with a record of 19 wins, 3 loses and 0 draws, 6 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 7 by submission.
Jennifer Maia made her way to the ring with a record of 18 wins, 6 loses and 1 draw, with 4 of those wins by knock out and 5 by submission.
The stats suggested Shevchenko had a slight advantage in power over Maia, with a 32% knock out percentage over Maia's 22%.
Valentina Shevchenko was the same age as Jennifer Maia, at 33 years old.
Shevchenko had a height advantage of 1 inch over Maia. That also extended to a 1-inch reach advantage.
Shevchenko was arguably the less experienced fighter, having had 3 less fights, and made her debut in 2003, 6 years and 7 months earlier than Maia, whose first professional fight was in 2009. She had fought 4 less professional rounds, 67 to Maia's 71.
Shevchenko vs Maia form
Shevchenko had won 5 of her most recent fights, stopping 2 of them, going to the judges 3 times.
In her last fight leading up to this contest, she had won against Katlyn Chookagian at UFC 247 on 8th February 2020 by knockout in the 3rd round in their UFC Women’s Flyweight championship fight at Toyota Center, Houston, United States.
Previous to that, she had won against Liz Carmouche at UFC on ESPN+ 14 on 10th August 2019 by unanimous decision in their UFC Women’s Flyweight championship fight at Antel Arena, Montevideo, Uruguay.
Going into that contest, she had beat Jessica Eye at UFC 238 on 8th June 2019 by knockout in the 2nd round in their UFC Women’s Flyweight championship fight at United Center, Chicago, United States.
Before that, she had defeated Joanna Jedrzejczyk at UFC 231 on 8th December 2018 by unanimous decision in their UFC Women’s Flyweight championship fight at Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, Canada.
She had won against Priscila Cachoeira at UFC Fight Night 125 on 3rd February 2018 by unanimous decision in the 2nd round at Mangueirinho Gymnasium, Belem, Brazil.
Shevchenko's last 5 fights had come over a period of 3 years, 8 months and 13 days, meaning she had been fighting on average every 8 months and 27 days. In those fights, she fought a total of 17 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 3.4 rounds on average.