Valentina Shevchenko is scheduled to challenge for the UFC flyweight title on September 8 when she battles Nicco Montano in the co-headliner of the UFC 228 pay-per-view.
Montano (4-2) will be returning to the cage almost a year after capturing the title, in the TUF 26 Finale last December. Injuries have postponed the inevitable bout against Shevchenko on a number of occasions, a fight which Shevchenko was hoping to have in July.
“The Bullet” is still doubtful as to whether Nicco Montano will actually show up on September 8, and says she’ll only believe it when they are both locked in that cage.
“I hope that Nicco will follow her word and show up in the octagon and fight, because before she’s inside the octagon, I can’t believe she’ll do it,” Shevchenko recently told reporters.
“Anything can happen,” she said. “Knowing her, seeing how she was reacting, how she said I’m ready for July 7, and she wanted to fight, but when the UFC came back to her and said let’s do it July 28, she said, ‘I need more time.’ You never know what can happen. Before I see her in the octagon, I will not believe she will do everything right.”
UFC 228 takes place on September 8 from the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas, United States. The pay-per-view main card featuring Montano vs. Shevchenko will be aired live on pay-per-view from 10pm EST.
Fight fans, do you think Montano will show up at UFC 228? Who do you predict will win the fight? Let us know in the comments section below.