Shevchenko dominates Andrade to retain title

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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