Valentina Shevchenko says her focus is solely on the flyweight belt, but is sure that one day she’ll fight Amanda Nunes again

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.

Shevchenko is confident she has what it takes to become the UFC women’s flyweight champion.

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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  1. While I wish that The Bullet’s next fight was against Nicco for the title, given that Nicco won’t be ready to fight until around July and Valentina wants to fight asap, I would’ve thought a fight against Sarge would have been appropriate. Val is used to fighting bigger women in case Sarge didn’t make weight, and if she didn’t make weight again, she should be relegated to the BW division.

    However, if other reports are true and assuming her visa issues are resolved, the UFC has lined up Priscila Cathoeira for the Bullet – why, I have no idea. If it is true, it should be an ideal match-up for a technical counter-striker like Val and make for an entertaining fight. While Priscila is quite strong and aggressive, winning 4 of her last 5 fights by KO or TKO, her form is wild and sloppy, and should make for a perfect bull vs. matador set-up.

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