Holly Holm has suffered consecutive defeats for the first time in her storied combat sports career. Holm (10-2) came up short in a five-round bantamweight fight against Valentina Shevchenko on Saturday. A former professional kickboxer, Shevchenko (13-2) picked Holm apart over the course of 25 minutes, en route to a unanimous decision. All three judges scoring the fight had it convincingly for Shevchenko, 49-46.

The fight, which headlined UFC Fight Night inside United Center, was Holm’s first appearance since she lost the UFC championship to Miesha Tate in March. Holm submitted to a rear-naked choke in the fifth round of that bout, but was mostly in control until then. That was not the case on Saturday, as Shevchenko consistently beat her to the punch on the feet.

Holm, 34, is now 0-2 since knocking out Ronda Rousey at UFC 193 in November. She had never lost back-to-back fights, dating back to her professional boxing career from 2002 to 2013. “We expected counter punches, Thai clinch game, trips — and she did all that,” Holm said. “We trained for it. I was taught all the right things. No excuses. My coaches teach me everything. My performance was not right tonight.”

Holm was a betting favorite going into Saturday, although a significant amount of money came in on Shevchenko in the 24 hours leading up the bout. Fighting out of Peru, the native of Kyrgyzstan is a seasoned striker but Holm is listed as three inches taller, with a two-inch reach advantage. Holm also fought at a higher weight in boxing.

In the first round, the size seemed to throw Shevchenko off a bit. Holm dropped her with a short right hand and, after giving up a takedown, popped immediately back to her feet. By the second frame, however, Shevchenko started to find her range. She caught Holm coming in with the counter right hand over and over again, and started to find a home for the inside leg kick. She threw a wicked, counter spinning backfist that Holm just managed to block. Momentum was firmly in Shevchenko’s corner after the second round and she never relinquished it.

According to immediate cageside stats from Fightmetric, Shevchenko out-landed Holm in total strikes 110 to 69. The 28-year-old improved to 2-1 in the UFC with the win. Her only loss came via decision to current champion Amanda Nunes in March. “Amanda is a good fighter, she has good standing and good ground game — and of course, I want a rematch with Nunes for the title belt,” Shevchenko said.

Holm seemed to be aware she was behind on the scorecards as the fight wore on. Shevchenko opened a small cut over Holm’s right eye in the third, although that didn’t seem to have a huge effect on Holm. Shevchenko scored a takedown later in the round and finished with hard elbows from top position. With the Chicago crowd chanting her name, the former champ tried to get her left kick going — arguably her most devastating strike — but the counter striking of Shevchenko limited its effect.

The UFC’s 135-pound women’s division has been in constant flux since Holm’s knockout of Rousey. Tate managed to hold the title for just four months, losing in her first title defense to Nunes at UFC 200 on July 9.

Also at UFC Fight Night, lightweight contender Edson Barboza defeated Gilbert Melendez in Melendez’ first fight in over a year by unanimous decision, French heavyweight Franics Ngannou knocked out his third straight opponent when he dropped Bojan Mihajlovic with 1:34 remaining in the first round, and strawweight Fleice Herrig submitted Kailin Curran via rear-naked choke in her first fight in 15 months.

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