UFC Fight Night 156 Results: Shevchenko Beats Carmouche via Unanimous Decision

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorAugust 11, 2019

MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY - AUGUST 10:  (R-L) Valentina Shevchenko of Kyrgyzstan punches Liz Carmouche in their UFC women's flyweight championship fight during the UFC Fight Night event at Antel Arena on August 10, 2019 in Montevideo, Uruguay. (Photo by Alexandre Schneider /Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC)
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Valentina Shevchenko successfully defended her UFC women's flyweight title belt by defeating Liz Carmouche via unanimous decision on Saturday at UFC Fight Night 156 in Montevideo, Uruguay.

The Shevchenko win capped a six-match main card that featured a back-and-forth brawl, a victorious UFC debut and a dominant knockout.

Here's a look at the night's main and preliminary card winners as well as scorecards, recaps and highlights.


Main Card

Women's Flyweight: Valentina Shevchenko def. Liz Carmouche via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45)

Welterweight: Vicente Luque def. Mike Perry via split decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29)

Featherweight: Luiz Eduardo Garagorri def. Humberto Bandenay via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Light Heavyweight: Volkan Oezdemir def. Ilir Latifi via knockout at 4:31 of Round 2

Middleweight: Rodolfo Vieira def. Oskar Piechota via arm-triangle choke submission at 4:26 of Round 2

Featherweight: Enrique Barzola def. Bobby Moffett via split decision (28-29, 30-27, 29-28)


Preliminary Card

Welterweight: Gilbert Burns def. Alexey Kunchenko via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Heavyweight: Ciryl Gane def. Raphael Pessoa Nunes via arm-triangle choke submission at 4:12 of Round 1

Women's Strawweight: Marina Rodriguez def. Tecia Torres via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)

Flyweight: Rogerio Bontorin def. Raulian Paiva via TKO (doctor stoppage) at 2:56 of Round 1

Bantamweight: Chris Gutierrez def. Geraldo de Freitas via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Lightweight: Alex da Silva Coelho def. Rodrigo Vargas via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Women's Flyweight: Veronica Macedo def. Polyana Viana via armbar submission at 1:09 of Round 1


Main Card Recap and Highlights

Women's Flyweight: Valentina Shevchenko vs. Liz Carmouche

The heavily favored Shevchenko had little issue in her rematch against Carmouche, who defeated the champion via TKO in a September 2010 MMA bout.

This time around, Shevchenko dominated from start to finish thanks in part to multiple strikes that led to multiple takedowns:

ESPN MMA @espnmma

Precision striking by @BulletValentina drops Carmouche #UFCUruguay https://t.co/g3d7clqtIn

ESPN MMA @espnmma

Spinning backfist gives @BulletValentina another knockdown #UFCUruguay https://t.co/ovwnYQMWMQ

She also slammed Carmouche to the mat in the third round:

UFC @ufc

Big slam from @BulletValentina in round 3! #UFCUruguay https://t.co/2W0G012Jqk

Shevchenko had 42 significant strikes to Carmouche's 18, per UFC Stats.

After the match, there wasn't a question about the result, as ESPN's Ariel Helwani noted.

Ariel Helwani @arielhelwani

Fight goes the distance. Never in doubt. Shevchenko will get the nod. This is why I said last week she is the most dominant champ right now. The gap between her and the rest of the contenders is extremely wide.

Multiple people also questioned the Carmouche camp's game plan:

Mike Bohn @MikeBohnMMA

Liz Carmouche's corner tells her she's "following the game plan perfectly" after two rounds. Curious what that game plan is since the universal scorecard appears to have Valentina Shevchenko up 20-18. #UFCUruguay

Bloody Elbow @BloodyElbow

Carmouche entered straight in like that so many times, Shevchenko intercepts with a sharp pair of strikes. Now Shevchenko is starting to implement some more significant counter offense, Carmouche has been doing the same thing for three rounds. 30-27, likely. #UFCUruguay

As for Shevchenko, her win carried historical significance, per ESPN Stats & Info:

ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

Valentina Shevchenko defeats Liz Carmouche by unanimous decision to successfully defend her flyweight title for a second time. She joins Amanda Nunes, Ronda Rousey, Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Cris Cyborg as the only women with at least 3 wins in UFC title fights.

Shevchenko improved to 18-3 after her second successful title defense. Carmouche is now 13-7.


Welterweight: Vicente Luque vs. Mike Perry

Vicente Luque more than earned his split-decision win over Mike Perry, as both fighters traded significant blows for three rounds before the 27-year-old landed the victory.

Perry dished out some tough shots in the second round:

UFC @ufc

Perry landing some big shots in round 2! #UFCUruguay https://t.co/8asloUF3Dn

But Luque fired back and gave Perry a broken nose and a big cut:

UFC @ufc

That .... may just be a broken nose. #UFCUruguay https://t.co/ocHv2EP3mU

UFC middleweight Brad Tavares was clearly impressed:

Brad Tavares @BradTavares

This @PlatinumPerry vs @VicenteLuqueMMA fight is everything I thought it’d be and so much more🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾 #UFCUruguay

The two fighters combined for 171 significant strikes, with Perry having the slight edge at 87.

Luque now sports a 17-6-1 professional record. Perry is 13-5.


Featherweight: Luiz Eduardo Garagorri vs. Humberto Bandenay

Uruguayan fighter Luiz Eduardo Garagorri scored the unanimous-decision victory in his home country by sweeping all the rounds on the judges' scorecards as he defeated Humberto Bandenay.

UFC @ufc

🇺🇾 Uruguay's own Garagorri gets it done! #UFCUruguay https://t.co/zRZ7wvJJ5k

Garagorri had 65 significant strikes to Bandenay's 32:

UFC @ufc

They're swinging in Montevideo! #UFCUruguay https://t.co/ohzRBReAQL

It was a good match overall that featured frenetic action at times (and even a high-five between opponents):

ESPN MMA @espnmma

“You just kicked my ass for a second, I kicked your ass for a second; that was pretty cool.” @bisping is a fan of the action (and high fives) between Garagorri and Bandenay at #UFCUruguay 😆 https://t.co/dx0zvsHg9w

Afterward, the Montevideo crowd emphatically cheered Garagorri post-victory:

ESPN MMA @espnmma

No translation required 🔈⬆️ The crowd erupts during Eduardo Garagorri's #UFCUruguay post-fight interview https://t.co/v1Rpf1gQ00

Garagorri improved to 13-0, and Bandenay is now 14-7 with one no-contest.


Light Heavyweight: Volkan Oezdemir vs. Ilir Latifi

Volkan Oezdemir produced an emphatic win over Ilir Latifi that ended with a second-round knockout:

UFC @ufc

🚫 ⏳ took his time and gets the 2nd round KO! @Volkan_Oezdemir #UFCUruguay https://t.co/nM6u7lhZ4f

Oezdemir's win almost seemed inevitable after an excellent start. He landed more significant strikes (64) than Latifi even attempted (60).

The 29-year-old Swiss fighter had 42 of those in the second round:

UFC @ufc

Volkan rocks Latifi in round 2! #UFCUruguay https://t.co/ALrirpJQvv

Oezdemir's victory stopped a three-match losing streak and catapulted him to a 16-4 record. Latifi is 14-7 with one no-contest.


Middleweight: Rodolfo Vieira vs. Oskar Piechota

Rodolfo Vieira's second-round arm-triangle choke finished off his middleweight bout against Oskar Piechota:

UFC @ufc

The Blackbelt Hunter adds another to his list. Vieira submits Piechota in his Octagon debut! #UFCUruguay https://t.co/oJe0MQml9n

Piechota landed 22 significant strikes to Vieiera's 18, but the winner had three takedowns. He also took control of the match in the second round with eight significant strikes to Piechota's four.

Helwani gave Vieira his due credit:

Ariel Helwani @arielhelwani

Nice debut for Rodolfo Vieira, who predictably wins via sub (arm-triangle). Arguably one of the very best BJJ players in MMA today. He’s a beast.

Vieira is 6-0 in his professional MMA career, with five wins coming via submission. Piechota is 11-2-1.


Featherweight: Enrique Barzola vs. Bobby Moffett

Enrique Barzola eked out a split-decision win over Bobby Moffett in an exciting fight that could have gone either way:

UFC @ufc

The output by these two!! #UFCUruguay https://t.co/5RjDS5NGlY

Moffett landed 90 significant strikes compared to Barzola's 83, but the victor landed three takedowns. Those may have been the difference in the split decision.

Barzola lives on the UFC edge, as MMA Mania reported that all eight of his fights in the promotion have gone to the judges. The 30-year-old Peruvian is 6-2 in those bouts.

Barzola improved to 16-4-1 overall in professional MMA fights, and Moffett fell to 14-5.