Valentina Shevchenko’s Focused on Flyweight Reign in Short Term, Versus Third Fight With Amanda Nunes
By FCF Staff
Valentina Shevchenko sees a third fight with Amanda Nunes materializing at some point. But for now, the renowned fighter’s focused on defending the UFC’s flyweight title.
Shevchenko faced Liz Carmouche in the headliner of UFC Uruguay on Saturday, and worked her way to a unanimous decision win. It marked the second time Shevchenko has defended the 125 belt, since she won it last year, by defeating Joanna Jędrzejczyk.
Since Shevchenko only lost by split decision to Nunes in their second bout, however, talk about her fighting the bantamweight and featherweight champ again continues. When asked about that possibility following UFC Uruguay, Shevchenko said this (quotes via MMA Junkie):
“I see more Amanda maybe, but not next, and not right now,” Shevchenko said. “My goal (is to have a lot of title defenses) for now. I was fighting for so long in different weight classes, and every time against a bigger, heavier, taller opponent. It makes all the difference.
“Now, I finally have the opportunity to fight against the same sized opponent.”
Shevchenko faced Nunes for a second time in September, 2017, following a unanimous decision loss to the champion in 2016.