The UFC women’s bantamweight scene continues to provide arguably more interest than most of the men’s divisions do. Aside from the game of musical chairs that the titleholders seem to be playing, there have also been upsets, upsets, and more upsets. These have happened mainly in those title fights, but also in non-title fights such as the main event of UFC on FOX 20, where relatively unheralded Valentina Shevchenko defeated former champion Holly Holm via unanimous decision.

Shevchenko wants title bout against Nunes.

In Saturday night’s bout, Shevchenko (12-3 MMA, 2-1 UFC) won over Holm (10-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) by the score of 49-46 on all three judges’ cards. After the match, the 28-year-old Kyrgyzstani fighter made her intent known, saying that she wants to fight reigning UFC women’s bantamweight champ Amanda Nunes, and that she wants to fight for the title. Nunes had won the title at UFC 200 earlier this month, defeating Miesha Tate via submission in the first round.

“Amanda, she’s a good fighter,” Shevchenko said, referring to the only woman to beat her in UFC competition so far.

“She has good standup and a good ground game, and of course, I want a rematch for the title.”

Holm’s strategy too predictable?

Meanwhile, Holm was pegged as the pre-fight favorite by many, having upset Ronda Rousey for the women's bantamweight title in the fall of 2015, before losing the belt to Tatein March. She had gotten off to a hot start, knocking down Shevchenko in the opening round. But with her opponent changing her strategy and repeatedly going to a right hook to counter Holm’s attacks, she found herself on the ground for most of the match, with attempts to clinch resulting in successful takedowns for Shevchenko.

Despite repeatedly falling prey to the takedown, Holm stuck to her guns, moving forward with kicks and punches that were either inconsequential or missed the mark. This allowed. She performed better in the final round, but in the end, it was too little, too late for "The Preacher's Daughter."

“She’s newer in the UFC, but I knew I had my hands full with this fight,” said Holm, who offered no excuses for her loss.

The 34-year-old ex-champ said that it was a “competitive” fight, but at the end of the day, her performance just “was not right.”

More fight results.

Aside from the main event fight, UFC on FOX 20 had a few other high-profile matches featuring established stars of the mixed martial arts scene. Edson Barboza beat Gilbert Melendez via unanimous decision in lightweight competition, Eddie Wineland won via TKO in the third round versus Frankie Saenz in the men’s bantamweight division, and in the women’s strawweight division, Felice Herrig defeated Kailin Curran via submission in the first round.

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