During an appearance on The MMA hour, Shevchenko says she was not surprised when Namajunas won the first fight. “The Bullet” has already beaten Jedrzejczyk three out of three times in muay thai (striking only) competition and has also had several sparring sessions with Namajunas. She says after the experiences with both, she realized Namajunas was the far superior MMA fighter.
“I knew from the first seconds when I heard that they will fight, I knew that Rose will win,” Shevchenko said. “Because I’ve tried the power of Rose and I’ve tried the power of Joanna and I know exactly what powers both girls have. I knew and everybody was asking me before they fight, ‘Who do you think will win?’ Every time, I was saying it will be Rose. They didn’t believe me. But after the fight, it’s no doubt.”
“Rose, she is not only striker, she is not only grappler,” she continued. “She is MMA fighter. And what’s important is she’s a complete fighter, because she can grapple as good as wrestle, [as good] as [her] boxing and Muay Thai, whatever.”
When asked about the rematch, Shevchenko confidently said that Namajunas will win once again.
“Rose will do her thing, she will be focused only on her fight and just to show the skills,” Shevchenko said. “This is what we saw. I’m very happy for Rose, because she deserves it. I know exactly she will be very good champion at 115 and I think for a long time.”
UFC 223 takes place on April 7 from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, United States. The event will be aired live on pay-per-view.