Shevchenko vs. Carmouche 1: The Legend of Fighting Outdoors in Oklahoma



An important piece of mixed martial arts history took place on Sept. 30, 2010 -- in Concho, Oklahoma, of all places.


On that date, Valentina Shevchenko fought Liz Carmouche. Shevchenko is now UFC flyweight champion and arguably the best female fighter in the world, and Carmouche is a ranked UFC veteran who faced Ronda Rousey in the first women's fight in the promotion's history. But nine years ago, both were just beginning their mixed martial arts careers.


The result of their 2010 fight is an important one, in that it represents one of only three losses Shevchenko has suffered in MMA. The other two defeats came against Amanda Nunes, now a two-division world champion. And then there was the Carmouche fight, which Shevchenko lost via second-round TKO.


The UFC announced last week that Carmouche and Shevchenko will meet again on Aug. 10 in Montevideo, Uruguay -- this time, for Shevchenko's championship belt.


There is no known video of their first fight to revisit. So what happened on that night in Oklahoma? ESPN spoke to both women to recreate the scene.


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