Valentina Shevchenko is gearing up to make her 125-pound flyweight debut. She is confident she can become the UFC champion in the division and believes she will be able to show more technique and skill when fighting women the same size as herself.
“Of course, to me it’s number one to fight for the title again, but now at 125,” Shevchenko said in a recent interview with Ariel Helwani. “It doesn’t matter to me if i have to have one fight before it. I will do it. But my main goal is to be the champion. It doesn’t matter. I moved from 135 to 125, my goal is still the same – to be the champion.”
“I feel like fighting with the same-sized opponents, I will be able to show more technique from me and more skills,” she said. “This is what I want to show, a beautiful fight, beautiful technique and good heart.”
Despite the move down from 135-pounds, “The Bullet” is sure that one day in the future she will cross paths with arch-rival, reigning UFC bantamweight champion, Amanda Nunes.
“Of course, it’s on my mind every time,” Shevchenko said, in reference to her recent title fight loss. “We have unfinished business with Amanda. But now, my focus is 125 and after I sure 100 percent that we will come back and speak with her again.”
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