The Brazilian lost her first opportunity to reach the UFC flyweight title and broke his streak of four fights without losing. Shevchenko became the woman who has managed to defend a belt the most times in the UFC.
The Brazilian mixed martial arts fighter Taila Santos suffered a fracture of the orbital bone under her right eye facing this Sunday for the title the UFC flyweight champion, the Kyrgyz-Peruvian Valentina Shevchenko.
During the UFC 275 event, held in Singapore, Santos received several hard blows, but an accidental clash of heads with Shevchenko caused his right eye to swell to the point of being almost closed in the fourth round. The challenger managed to finish the fight, but ‘La Bala’ took the victory by split decision from the judges and achieved his seventh consecutive defense.
After the match ended, Santos was taken to a hospital, where they confirmed the fracture. Despite the situation, the fighter decided to wait for her return to Brazil to undergo surgery. It is estimated that his recovery could take about three weeks.
Santos, 28, lost his first opportunity to reach the UFC flyweight title and broke his streak four fights without losing, for a professional total of 19 wins and two losses. For her part, Shevchenko (23-3), who had the most complicated defense to date, becomes the woman who has achieved it the most times in a category, beating former UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey (six title defenses).