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UFC on FOX 20: Valentina Shevchenko Bests Holly Holm in Striking Contest

Valentina Shevchenko

Valentina Shevchenko wasn’t a household name in MMA prior to UFC on FOX 20, but after tonight, chances are she is.

The bantamweight and multi-time, Muay Thai champ, outgunned Holly Holm with punches and kicks, and worked her way to a unanimous decision win. Holm was attempting to get back on track after she was choked out by Miesha Tate in March, and lost the 135 title.

Shevchenko moved her UFC record to 2-1. In her previous outing, she was decisioned by now reigning champ, Amanda Nunes.

Edson Barboza also put on  a striking clinic in the co-main event, as his vaunted leg kicks and movement proved to be too much for Gilbert Melendez. Following the fight, it was obvious Barboza was going to be handed the decision win, and he was.

Barboza has won two straight fights now since he was submitted by Tony Ferguson last December.

Here are the results from UFC on FOX 20. The card was hosted by the United Center in Chicago.

Valentina Shevchenko def. Holly Holm via unanimous decision  (49-46, 49-46, 49-46)

Edson Barboza def. Gilbert Melendez via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Francis Ngannou def. Bojan Mihajlovic via TKO (punches) R1, 1:34

Felice Herrig def. Kailin Curran via submission (rear-naked-choke) R1, 1:59

Eddie Wineland def. Frankie Saenz via TKO (punches) R3, 1:54

Darren Elkins def. Godofredo Pepey via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 30-26)

Kamaru Usman def.. Alexander Yakovlev via unanimous decision (30-25, 30-25, 30-25)

Michel Prazeres def. J.C. Cottrell via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)

Alex Oliveira def. James Moontasri via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-25)

Jason Knight def. Jim Alers via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Luis Henrique def. Dmitrii Smoliakov via submission (rear-naked choke) R2, 3:58

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