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Nunes keeps belt in close win

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Amanda Nunes retained her UFC women’s bantamweight championship belt. But, she won by a very slim margin, as she defeated Valentina Shevchenko in a close split decision at UFC 215 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Amanda Nunes after her win over Valentina Shevchenko (Getty Images)

Amanda Nunes after her win over Valentina Shevchenko (Getty Images)

All five of the rounds were closely contested. This is Nunes’ second straight defense of the title in the past 18 months.

Their first meeting, which was at UFC 196, as Nunes defeated Shevchenko in a non-title bout by a unanimous decision.

The two were scheduled to fight at UFC 213. However, due to Nunes’ chronic sinusitis, the match was scrapped until Saturday night.

Immediately, after the loss, Shevchenko is already calling for a third bout with Nunes. It’s very unlikely that UFC President Dana White will schedule these two fight away, as they’re likely going to receive a medical suspension for at least six months and could potentially face each other in a year or two.

Nunes, 29, improved to 15-4 in her MMA career with the win. Within the UFC, she’s 8-1, including six straight wins.

Shevchenko, also 29, is 14-3 in her MMA career. Both of her UFC losses came to Nunes, as she’s now 3-2 in the UFC.

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