Invicta FC flyweight champ Jennifer Maia explains why she turned down UFC offer to fight Valentina Shevchenko on February 3

Invicta FC flyweight champion Jennifer Maia has revealed that she recently turned down an offer to fight Valentina Shevchenko at the UFC Fight Night 125 event on February 3.

Maia says eight weeks is not enough time to prepare for Valentina Shevchenko.

Maia (15-4) is coming off a unanimous decision win over Aga Niedzwiedz earlier this month. The Brazilian says eight weeks was not enough time to prepare for Shevchenko, so she declined the UFC’s offer. Shevchenko will instead face undefeated Priscila Cachoeira.

They offered me this fight, but I thought it was too close to my [last] fight.Valentina is a very tough opponent, a former title contender in the UFC who is going down to flyweight now. I just got out of a fight and I need some time to rest and recover before training for someone like Valentina,” Maia told MMA Fighting.

I accept to fight her, but if given more time. I spoke with my coaches and decided to wait. I didn’t get injured in the fight, but it’s necessary to get some rest before you come back with full focus, especially against Valentina, a super tough opponent.” she continued.

Despite turning down the big opportunity, Maia believes her next fight will definitely be for the UFC.

I expect my next fight to be in the UFC,” Maia said.

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Fight fans, do you think Maia made the right decision? Who would you like to see her fight when she finally makes her UFC debut? Let us know in the comments section below.



  1. With her victory over Barb Honchak, Lauren Murphy sounds like an excellent opponent unless the UFC can line up Ilima MacFarlane. Glad Jennifer is upfront about her reasoning for not facing Valentina and not coming up with some bogus excuse. However, I’m not sure how many years it’ll take to get properly prepared to face Valentina.

    1. She already did the USADA exames after the fight and does regularly. Invicta FC is a UFC partner and those the same protocol. Nothing to worry about doping. It was the right decision. She will need 8 weeks to recover. Then more 8-12weeks to prepare for a new adversary. Maia is the best female fighter in the world. But is not stupid. Once again, great decision.

      1. Invicta FC is not under USADA testing, so stop with the blatant lying. Invicta FC is not a partner with the UFC, so that is another lie. Invicta FC has a contract with the UFC for UFC Fight Pass like LFA and Cage Warriors, but they are not partners. Shannon Knapp chooses to work with the UFC on certain things when it comes to dealing with the UFC, but it’s not a partnership deal.

  2. For sure she made up the right decision. Maia is a professional fighter top on her weight and needs recovering and preparing for new challange. Eight weeks is too short but with no doubts we will have a great fight soon.

    1. Tell that to Weili Zhang, the Kunlun title holder at 115 who defended her title 7 times last year, and that does not include her kickboxing fights. Or even Angela Lee, who fought 6 times in 2016.

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