Valentina Shevchenko believes Zhang Weili lost to Joanna at UFC 248, doesn’t expect Weili to succesfully defend title again

Flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko isn’t overly impressed with Zhang Weili‘s UFC 248 performance.

Speaking to TMZ on Monday, Shevchenko shared her thoughts on the strawweight title fight.

When asked if she believed the right fighter won, Shevchenko responded, “I don’t believe it. I think Joanna’s accuracy was more and she had more clear strikes.”

Referening the massive hematoma Joanna suffered, Valentina said, “Her head was not kind of result of many punches, it was not like this. It was just one punch in the third round when you can see her forehead blowup and start to swell…It was not that kind of pressure, that kind of power, it was just one hit.”

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While Shevchenko believes that Weili is a ‘good’ fighter, she doesn’t see her holding the strawweight belt for long.

“In my opinion, Weili, she’s good fighter. Now competing in the top level competition, you could tell what is she in reality. She’s good fighter but it’s not enough for the high league competition. Definitely, I wish her good luck at first, of course, but I cannot see her defending her title in the next fight.”

Not one to back down from a fight, Shevchenko is open to fighting anyone in the future– including Weili.

“I don’t have any problem to fight no one. Doesn’t matter if it’s going to be Chinese girl, Amanda Nunes, doesn’t matter who. I’m here to fight anyone, I would fight anyone.”

Truthfully, Shevchenko admits that she cant envision Weili making another successful title defense.

I don’t see Weili passing the next title defense. Seeing the fight with Joanna, you see how difficult it was to fight with this kind of opponent. How struggled, how trouble she had ins this game. You defintiley see her fighting against me? I dont think so.

Shevchenko is coming off her third successful flyweight title defense– a stoppage win over Katlyn Chookagian at UFC 247. She is scheduled to face Joanne Calderwood at UFC 251 in June.

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What do you think of Valentina’s comments? Would you like to see a fight between Valentina and Weili in the future?

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  1. Quite cocky.
    By her own logic Joanne did crap too as she struggled.
    To say she own took one serious punch is disingenuous.

    1. Weili certainly inflicted a lot more damage on JJ than Valentina did. She also took a lot more damage. Valentina has different standards than most fighters. She likes to dominate a fight, yet take as little damage as possible doing so. She may have Finish of the Year contenders but I doubt if we’ll ever see a Fight of the Year contender from her unless, possibly, we see Weili vs. Val. It could be quite an entertaining fight between one of the best pressure fighters vs. the best counter-striker in WMMA.

    2. She sounds bitter to be saying she doesn’t expect Zhang to have 1 more successful title defense ! Maybe she doesn’t like to share alpha female status with anybody else than Nunes !

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