Flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko has always felt at home in Chicago. She famously defeated Holly Holm at the United Center in 2016 two fights removed from Holm's famous head kick KO of then-bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey.
And at UFC 238 on Saturday night, Shevchenko successfully defended her belt in her first defense with an equally vicious headkick reminiscent of the one that Holm landed to drop Rousey.
The second round opened and after a few seconds Shevchenko slipped a kick above Eye's hands and landed flush with her temple, knocking Eye out on her feet.
It was especially violent and gruesome, scary even, particularly with how long Eye laid on the mat while doctor's attended to her. At one point, ring announcer Bruce Buffer gave the worried crowd a thumbs up to indicate Eye was okay.
Eye was able to get to her feet sand congratulate Shevchenko before leaving the cage.
Shevchenko also ignored Joe Rogan's first post-fight question to thank Eye for taking the fight and wish her good health.
Then Shevchenko addressed the win and her quest as champion
“I told everyone I’m a complete MMA fighter," Shevchenko said. "I always had in mind that if I wanted to be and keep being a champion, I needed to be better in everything. And that’s what I’ve been doing: training to be the best in this sport.
"I’m really happy I was able to show this tonight. Anybody who is ranked number 1 ranked in the flyweight division should have the chance to fight for the belt, but nobody will take it away from me."
Shevchenko added: "I don’t want to think about a next opponent right now. Tonight I just want to celebrate my first belt defense”.
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JJ Watt has been having an exciting week. Not only did the Houston Texans beat the Buffalo Bills this past Saturday, winning the AFC Wild Card Game and advancing in the playoffs, but his fiancée Kealia Ohai was traded from the Houston Dash to the Chicago Red Stars.
After the trade was announced today, Watt took to social media to celebrate her success.
Ohai has played in the NWSL with the Houston Dash for six years. In a video posted to Twitter, Ohai thanked the organization and the city of Houston for their support. Ohai explains that to be the best player she can be, she needed to grow in a new environment.
Ohai and Watt have been engaged since May 2019, but neither seems too stressed about their new long-distance relationship. Watt posted pictures of him decked out head-to-toe in Red Stars gear.
Welcome to the Red Stars, Kealia! And who knows, maybe her three-time NFL Defensive Player Year fiancée will like Chicago so much he might want to move, too.
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