‘Bullet’ is Just Out There in a Class of Her Own… Valentina Shevchenko Demolished Jessica Eye With a Terrifying Head Kick KO Against Jessica Eye…
For the second week running, we’ve been treated to a savage head kick finish. Last week in Sweden we saw Alexander Rakic effectively retire Jimi Manuwa in the first 30 seconds with a brutal shin to the temple. Now Kyrgyzstan’s Valentina Shevchenko has added her name to the shortlist of best head kick KOs against Jessica Eye.
Shevchenko, who trains out of Tiger Muay Thai in Phuket, Thailand, is possibly the most complete female fighter on the planet right now. She’s only lost to Amanda Nunes in her career at bantamweight and even those defeats were close. Now though, at her natural flyweight, she looks absolutely sensational.
Jessica Eye had no answer for her dominant first round display, where she was totally outclassed. Then in the second, this sensational finish came as you can see below.
Valentina Shevchenko with one of the most brutal headkick knockouts you will ever see. #UFC238
**WARNING – not for the faint hearted** pic.twitter.com/Dvc42l7m7i
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Shevchenko is good at everything. She’s a former Muay Thai champion, with multiple wins over former UFC strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk. However, the first round was mostly about demonstrating her superior grappling against Cleveland’s Eye.
She took down ‘Evil’ with a trip and was patient as she went to work. Eye was immobilised until she managed to get herself back to her feet against the cage. However, she still wasn’t out of danger, as ‘Bullet’ pushed forward and almost locked in an Americana, but the bell saved Eye from the submission.
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As you can see from the finish above, the KO was unbelievable. Shevchenko planned this perfectly. She went with the roundhouse kick to the body a number of times, causing Eye to drop her hands to defend it. Then she deceived Eye with a final sledgehammer of a shin that reverberated off the side of the American fighter’s head. It was stunning and terrifying at the same time.
Eye lay sprawled on the canvas for a number of minutes without moving. Credit to Shevchenko whose first words in her post-fight interview were to wish her stricken opponent the best of luck in her recovery. It’s really difficult to imagine who could cause Shevchenko problems at flyweight. She’s simply in a different class.
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This was a stacked card from start to finish. In the main event, Henry Cejudo became a two-weight world champion after a wonderful comeback against Brazil’s Marlon Moraes. He was pieced up in the first round but came back and defeated his challenger with ground-and-pound to add the bantamweight championship to his men’s flyweight strap and Olympic gold medal.
On the same card, Tony Ferguson mangled Donald Cerrone’s face to surely irrevocably state his case as the lightweight division’s number one contender. The fight didn’t end the way we wanted as the doctor was forced to intervene, but the second round was a sensational display by El Cucuy in Chicago.