Valentina Shevchenko defeated Jessica Andrade by TKO to retain her UFC women’s flyweight title Saturday night at UFC 261 in Jacksonville, Florida.
The stoppage came at 3 minutes, 19 seconds of Round 2.
Shevchenko wrestled Andrade to the canvas and trapped her in a crucifix position early in the second round. From there, she pummeled Andrade with a series of hard elbows and punches until referee Dan Miragliotta waved the bout off.
Shevchenko successfully defended her flyweight belt for the fifth time.
Shevchenko (21-3) is ESPN’s No. 2-ranked pound-for-pound women’s fighter, while Andrade (21-9) is No. 6.
Andrade, a former UFC strawweight champion, entered Saturday’s fight off a first-round knockout victory over Katlyn Chookagian in October.
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