TUF 28 Finale results: Antonina Shevchenko picks apart Ji Yeon Kim in UFC debut

LAS VEGAS – Antonina Shevchenko (7-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) looked every bit the prospect she’s been billed, picking apart a tough Ji Yeon Kim (8-2-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC).

The women’s flyweight bout (though Kim missed weight) opened up the main card of today’s TUF 28 Finale event at Pearl Theatre at The Palms in Las Vegas. It aired on FS1 following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Shevchenko took the center to start the contest, keeping her hands high and chopping at the legs. Kim looked ready to scrap, hopping into the pocket and firing punches of her own. Still, it was Shevchenko who used slick head movement and competent defense to avoid taking any serious damage. When Kim was able to get close, though, she was able to connect, and she did send an off-balance Shevchenko briefly to the floor after one series.

Kim worked inside in the later stages of the fight, though the clinch proved to be a bit of a stalemate, and referee Yves Lavigne reset them in the center in the final minute. It was Shevchenko who actually brought the action to the canvas late with a head-and-arm throw, and the round ended there.

Shevchenko continued her kickboxing approach in the second, and after a few sharp strikes scored, Kim pushed inside again for the clinch. Shevchenko remained strong in defense, and again they were brought back to the middle. Shevchenko’s strikes from range were accurate, and her defense was strong when Kim was able to get in tight. At range, Shevchenko dominated with straight punches and front kicks that landed clean.

Shevchenko opened the third by catching Kim’s leg and sending her to the floor before immediately following to the canvas and setting up in her opponent’s guard. Kim did a great job of controlling her opponent from the back, and Shevchenko eventually backed away and kicked at the legs. When Kim looked to rise, Shevchenko tagged her with an illegal knee to the chin, receiving a warning from Lavigne, though the fight carried on. Shevchenko was back at it on the restart, using precision strikes to pick apart a game foe, who continued to move forward until the end. Still, it was Shevchenko who cruised to the win, 30-27 on all three cards.

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