Priscila Cachoeira Suffered A Gruesome Knee Injury Against Valentina Shevchenko At UFC Belem

Priscila Cachoeira brutally loses a bout against Valentina Shevchenko in the co-main event of UFC Fight Night 125 last night in Belem, Brazil.

Shevchenko spent some time lighting Cachoeira up on the feet early in the first round. But the second round was worse Shevchenko took the fight to the mat almost immediately and continued her ground assault. There were a couple of times during the attack that referee Yamasaki looked like he was going to step in, but he didn’t. By the time the bout ended, Shevchenko had landed 230 strikes to her opponent’s three.

Priscila Cachoeira’s manager Tiago Okamura was speaking to MMAFighting, on Sunday, Feb 4, that Priscila didn’t suffer any facial injury but tore her meniscus and ACL early in the fight.

“She tore her meniscus and ACL in the beginning of the first round, the first time they engaged, and it went all downhill from that moment,” Okamura said. “We couldn’t do anything.”

Tiago Okamura continues that referee Mario should have stopped the bout early, even UFC president Dana White slams referee Mario Yamasaki’s worst showing during Priscila and Valentina’s fight.

“He could have stopped it in a few occasions,” he said, “But ‘Pedrita’ is really tough and doesn’t give up. She was trying to get out the entire time. Being a referee is a very complicated job.”

Coach and cornerman explained why he didn’t throw the towel when he informed of the injury.

“We didn’t know how serious the injury was,” Parana said. “If we knew, I think we would have stopped it, but we only knew when we went to the hospital. She was in pain, she got hurt in the first exchange, and told me in between rounds that she hurt her knee but I told her to shut up. I was trying to make her stop thinking about that, but I had no idea how serious it was. If I knew it, I would have stopped it. We thought she would be able to fight all three rounds.”

“‘Pedrita’ is fearless, she would never quit. She never considered quitting. The world hasn’t seen the real ‘Pedrita’ fight. They saw an injured girl fighting the best pound-for-pound female fighter in MMA, Valentina Shevchenko. Maybe she would lose even if she was 100 percent, but the fight would be a bit better.”

We wish Priscila Cachoeira a speedy recovery.

Published on February 5, 2018 at 12:00 am
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