Former UFC bantamweight title challenger, Valentina Shevchenko, will be making a move down to the flyweight division on February 3 when she battles undefeated Priscila Cachoeira at UFC Fight Night 125.
Ahead of the fight, Shevchenko (14-3-0) recently spoke to FloCombat about how she’s feeling making the move down to 125-pounds.
“I think this is the perfect weight class for me,” Shevchenko said. “Because I fought at 125 naturally and I don’t have to cut weight for 135. This is my normal walk weight and I can cut with just a little bit of a diet before the fight. It will be very good for me. I feel like every time when I fought at 135, I know my opponent is much taller than me, with much longer arms, legs and that’s why I have to think about distance and not receiving punches back when I move out from a close distance.
“I think in the flyweight division I will fight with the same size of girls like me. I will have more opportunity to explore and show more techniques and more skills and abilities that I have that I will be able to show like I did in Muay Thai. Now I will show it in MMA.”
UFC Fight Night 125 takes place on February 3 from the Mangueirinho Gymnasium in Belem, Para, Brazil. The main card featuring Valentina Shevchenko will air live on Fox Sports 1 from 10pm EST.