Valentina Shevchenko says Namajunas vs. Jedrzejczyk rematch will “change nothing”, believes ‘Thug’ Rose is here to stay

Valentina Shevchenko has come forward with her thoughts on Joanna Jedrzejczyk‘s recent first round knockout loss to Rose Namajunas. The defeat meant that longtime strawweight champion, Jedrzejczyk, lost her belt, as well as her undefeated 14-0 record.

Shevchenko believes Rose Namajunas is here to stay.

Shevchenko (14-3-0) has previously defeated Jedrzejczyk three times in muay thai competition, she is also a close friend and training partner of the new strawweight champ, ‘Thug’ Rose Namajunas.

The 29-year-old believes granting Jedrzejczyk an immediate rematch is the fair thing to do. However, she says it will “change nothing”, explaining that Namajunas is not the same fighter from a few years ago.

I think it will be very fair to give them rematch,” Shevchenko said during a recent appearance on BJ Penn Radio. “I think it will be good fight because Joanna will train much stronger maybe, and she will be more focused on the fight. But I think it will be great fight. But the same, like I said before, it doesn’t change nothing. Rose, she’s different fighter than she was for example, a few years ago. Now she’s ready to be the champion, and I think she will be very good and very good champion for her weight class division.”

Meanwhile, Shevchenko is preparing to make her 125-pound debut in the UFC’s new women’s flyweight division, following an unsuccessful attempt at capturing the bantamweight title from Amanda Nunes in September.

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Fight fans, do you agree with Shevchenko’s opinions? Let us know in the comments section below.


One comment

  1. I would be inclined to give the edge to JJ, but it would not shock me if Rose prevailed a second time. I think Val’s opinion is somewhat compromised by her closeness with Rose. While I would like to see the rematch, a fight I’d like to see sooner would be Rose vs. Andrade. If anyone happens to interview Shevchenko, I would like someone to ask her whether she prefers dropping to 125 to take on the TUF 26 and Flyweight champion or given that Nunes wants to fight asap, and there are so few qualified title contenders available, would she prefer a rubber match with Nunes first.

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