Priscila Cachoeira Headed for Knee Surgery, Defends Coach Not Throwing in the Towel

Priscila Cachoeira may be headed for knee surgery following her one sided loss to Valentina Shevchenko but she still defends her coach for not stopping the fight

Priscila Cachoeira suffered a brutal beat down courtesy of Valentina Shevchenko this past Saturday night in one of the most lopsided fights to take place in the UFC in recent memory.

Cachoeira was bludgeoned by punches and elbows from Shevchenko throughout the first and second rounds before the fight was eventually finished by rear naked choke.

After the event was over, Cachoeira took to Instagram to reveal that she suffered a catastrophic knee injury in the opening round that will land her in surgery and likely out of action for the better part of a year while recovering.

“Those who know me and are around me on my day-to-day, know how I could have performed,” Cachoeira said in an Instagram post (translation courtesy of MMAJunkie). “And even having injured my knee early in the fight, I went until the end because I don’t know quitting. I will need surgery on my ACL and meniscus.”

Fala galera , passando pra dizer que está tudo bem, demorei a falar pois não estava com o cel e estava no hospital…Então… Vamos lá, peço perdão aos meus fãs e amigos e familiares que fizeram uma festa para vê a minha luta.. Peguei uma lutadora duríssima que no qual eu sou fã, e na hora da luta eu não fui a verdadeira Pedrita, Quem me conhece e está presente no meu dia a dia sabe oque eu poderia render..E mesmo tendo lesionado o joelho logo no comecinho da luta fui até o final porque não sei oque é desistir.. Vou ter que fazer cirurgia no ligamento cruzado e menisco… E Tem muita gente falando sobre eu ter lutado contra a top 1 e etc , que o mestre me mandou calar a boca e bla blá kkkk…Vamos lá.. LUTO CONTRA QUALQUER LUTADORA DO MUNDO, NÃO IMPORTA A POSIÇÃO QUE ELA OCUPE… LUTARIA COM A VALENTINA MAIS 10 VEZES SEM PENSAR DUAS VEZES..QUEM ESCOLHE BATALHA FÁCIL NÃO É UM VERDADEIRO GUERREIRO….E O TRATAMENTO E A INTIMIDADE QUE EU TENHO COM O MEU MESTRE ..QUEM TA DE FORA NÃO CONHECE NADA PARA CRÍTICAR ..AQUI NÃO É MESTRE E ALUNA.. É PAI E FILHA ..E NÃO SERA NINGUEM QUE IRA DIZER COMO ELE DEVE ME TRATAR.. E SOBRE JOGAR A TOALHA… AQUI É PRVT, E QUEM CONHECE OS MEUS LIMITES SOMOS NÓS …JOGAR A TOALHA JAMAIS 👍 OBRIGADO A TODOS PELAS MENSAGENS DE CARINHO E APOIO QUE VENHO RECEBENDO, TENHO CERTEZA QUE GANHEI UMA FAMÍLIA PARA O RESTO DA VIDA ,E QUEM TA CRITICANDO , NÃO TO NEM AI , VOU VOLTAR MAIS FORTE..💪."""""""NÃO SERÁ UM MOMENTO QUE IRA APAGAR UMA HISTÓRIA'""""" . . . #ufcbelem #ettosuplementos #canalcombate #prvtnoufc #prvt #prvtgirls #sportv #ufc #ensaio #photography #belem #brasil #riodejaneiro #mma #wmma #pedritanoufc #zombiegirl

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While Cachoeira seems to be in good spirits despite the knee injury, she also responded to calls that her coach should have been willing to throw in the towel during the fight as she was being mauled by Shevchenko on the ground. When the fight was over, Shevchenko had out landed Cachoeira by a tally of 230 to 3 in total strikes.

Still, Cachoeira refuses to place any blame on her coach, who she defended in the past by also adding that if she had the chance to face Shevchenko again, she was jump at the opportunity just as she did for this fight in Belem, Brazil.

“I’d fight Valentina another 10 times without even thinking twice,” Cachoeira wrote. “Those who pick easy battles aren’t true warriors. And the treatment and the intimacy I have with my master… Those on the outside don’t know anything to criticize it. This isn’t master and student. It’s father and daughter. And no one will say how he’s supposed to treat me.

“And about throwing the towel: this is [Team] PRVT, and we’re the ones who know my limits. Throwing the towel, never. Thank you all for the messages of kindness and support I’ve been getting. I’m sure I have gotten a family for the rest of my life. And to those criticizing: I don’t give a damn, I will come back stronger. ‘A moment will not erase an entire history’”

While Cachoeira defended her coach not stopping the fight, UFC president Dana White unloaded on referee Mario Yamasaki for his part in allowing the action to continue despite the amount of punishment the Brazilian flyweight was taking.

Still it’s clear Cachoeira didn’t want the fight to stop, even if it was probably in her best interest.

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Damon Martin is a veteran mixed martial arts journalist who has been covering the industry since 2003 with bylines on FOX Sports, CNN, Bleacher Report and numerous other outlets.
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