Bengaluru, September 10: Amanda Nunes defends her Women's Bantamweight title against Valentina Shevchenko in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) pay-per-view UFC 215 at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, on Saturday (September 9).
In the main event - following the cancellation of flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson vs. Ray Borg - women's bantamweight champ Nunes was set to defend her title in a rematch with Shevchenko.
After five hard-fought rounds, UFC women's bantamweight champion Nunes retained her belt by the narrowest of margins, earning a split-decision win over a game Shevchenko.
In the co-main event of the night, Former UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos will soon challenge for a welterweight belt after an impressive first-round finish of Neil Magny via submission.
To kick off the main card, Gilbert Melendez once again proved his durability in the cage, but Jeremy Stephens was too good for him in his featherweight debut . Stephens is on a two-fight win streak with the result, while Melendez has earned just one win in six attempts at the UFC.
In a light heavyweight bout that followed, Swedish sledgehammer Ilir Latifi appeared recharged after a year away from competition, outworked undefeated prospect Tyson Pedro to score points across the board and earn a decision win.
Henry Cejudo who is best known as an Olympic wrestling gold medalist, his striking looked absolutely world-class in a scintillating win over Wilson Reis via second-round knockout.
To kick off the Fight Pass exclusive prelims, Kajan Johnson after nearly two years away, didn't exactly impress for two rounds but eventually scored a highlight-reel finish to win via knockout against Adriano Martins.
Next up, Arjan Bhullar went down in the history books as the first Sikh and first Indo-Canadian fighter in UFC history, but he also scored those marks as a winner after getting past Luis Henrique via unanimous decision.
Later, In his second fight in the UFC's lightweight division, former featherweight Alex White dominated Mitch Clarke on the feet and earned a second round technical knockout (TKO).
Eleven-year veteran Rick Glenn turned in one of the best performances of his career, battering a previously undefeated Gavin Tucker en route to a decision win.
After more than two years away from the octagon, unheralded underdog Sarah Moras shocked Ashlee Evans-Smith with a gutsy first-round submission.
To end the preliminary card, Undefeated Brazilian contender Ketlen Vieira earned the biggest win of her career, scoring a gutsy submission win over Sara McMann in impressive fashion.
Here are the final results of UFC 215:
1. Women's Bantamweight Title bout: Amanda Nunes defeated Valentina Shevchenko by split decision (47-48, 48-47, 48-47)
2. Welterweight bout: Rafael dos Anjos defeated Neil Magny by submission (arm-triangle choke) - Round 1, 3:43
3. Flyweight bout: Henry Cejudo defeated Wilson Reis by knockout (punches) - Round 2, 0:25
4. Light Heavyweight bout: Ilir Latifi defeated Tyson Pedro by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
5. Featherweight bout: Jeremy Stephens defeated Gilbert Melendez by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-25)
1. Women's Bantamweight bout: Ketlen Vieira defeated Sara McMann by submission (arm-triangle choke) - Round 2, 4:16
2. Women's Bantamweight bout: Sarah Moras defeated Ashlee Evans-Smith by submission (armbar) - Round 1, 2:51
3. Featherweight bout: Rick Glenn defeated Gavin Tucker by unanimous decision (30-25, 30-24, 29-27)
4. Lightweight bout: Alex White defeated Mitch Clarke by TKO at 4:36 of round 2
5. Heavyweight bout: Arjan Bhullar defeated Luis Henrique by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
6. Lightweight bout: Kajan Johnson defeated Adriano Martins by KO at :49 of round 3