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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