Valentina Shevchenko, a former women’s bantamweight title contender, brutally beatdown the debuting Priscilia Cachoeira from start to her second round submission finish at UFC Fight Night 125 last Saturday (Feb. 3, 2018) in Belem, Brazil.
Cachoeira was a massive underdog heading into the UFC Fight Night 125 contest with Valentina, while one-sided beatdown that sparked criticism from several angles.
The initial blame was directed to referee Mario Yamasaki who inexplicably let the fight continues even after Shevchenko landed 230 strikes. The UFC was questioned about the mismatch and her cornerman and coach, Gilliard Parana, for both telling Cachoeira to keep going and didn’t throw the towel to half the fight when she complained of knee pain even with continued to eat huge ground damage.
UFC brass Dana White slams the incompetent referee Mario for a poor showing at UFC Belem. UFC booked Priscila Cachoeira, who had eight MMA fights going into UFC Belem, in her debut against a former bantamweight title contender Valentina who has the only lone loss to current champion Amanda Nunes in her entire career. It’s a fair question to think.
Cachoeira, who suffered a knee injury and now looking into knee surgery for ACL and meniscus tears the team believes she suffered early in the first round, took to social media to address some of the criticism. (Via MMAJunkie)
“I will fight any fighter in the world, regardless of her standings. I’d fight Valentina another 10 times without even thinking twice. Those who pick easy battles are not true warriors. And the treatment and the intimacy I have with my master … Those on the outside do not know anything to criticize it. This is not master and student. It’s father and daughter. And no one can say how he’s supposed to treat me. As for throwing the towel: This is (team) PRVT, and we’re the ones who know my limits. Throwing the towel, never. “
“I ask for forgiveness to my fans, friends and family that threw a party to watch my fight. I fought a really tough fighter, who I’m a fan of, and I was not the real ‘Pedrita’ in the fight. Who knows what I have done? And even with the knee injury early in the fight, I went to the end because I do not know what giving up means. I have to have surgery on the ACL and meniscus. And there’s people still talking about me fighting the top 1 and etc, that my master told me to shut up and blah blah lol.
“I’ll fight against any fighter in the world, no matter which position she is [in the ranking]. I’d fight Valentina 10 times more without thinking twice. Who chooses easy battles is not a real warrior. The treatment and intimacy that I have with my master, the ones from outside does not know anything to criticize. This is not master and student, it’s father and daughter, and no one can say how should I treat myself. And about throwing in the towel, this is PRVT and we’re the ones that know our limits. Throwing in the towel, never.
“Thank you for all the messages of love and support I’ve been receiving. I’m sure I’ve gotten a family for the rest of my life. And those who are criticizing, I do not care, I’ll come back stronger. ‘A moment will not erase the history.’ “