Valentina Shevchenko has hit out at Maycee Barber for talking too much and believes she would have lost to Roxanne Modafferi regardless of her injury.
Shevchenko (18-3-0) was asked about the fight between Modafferi and Barber during a recent chat with James Lynch of theScoreMMA.
The ‘Bullet’ says she was not surprised that Modafferi won the fight and believes the pioneer would have won regardless of Barber’s injury, as evidenced by her performance in the first-round.
“I did see the fight yes. It was not for me any kind of surprise that Roxanne was going to be the winner in this fight.” Shevchenko said.
“People said Maycee Barber would stop her? No way. Roxanne is strong fighter, she has been in this game for a long time. You can see in the first-round, people can say injury or whatever, but the first round was the same. Even the strikes from Roxanne, it was like ten strikes to zero from Maycee.” she continued.
Shevchenko says she has never been sold on the hype surrounding Barber. She believes Barber talks about herself so much due to the fact she is deep down under confident in her abilities as a fighter.
“My opinion is that when people start speaking about herself, that she is a star, she is a superstar. If you are not feeling confident , you speak about yourself. Real strong fighters that really have something, they never speak about themselves. It’s for the people to say, for the fans to say, but not themselves. If someone is saying I’m a superstar, I’m here, I will run the world, usually it’s nuts.” she said.
In the days following Modafferi’s victory, Maycee Barber’s father and manager appeared to completely discredit Modafferi for her victory in a lengthy statement. Shevchenko disagrees with Barber and says she has ‘no doubt’ the result would have been the same.
“No doubt, it would be the same result [regardless of injury]. In the first-round it was total domination by Roxanne by strikes and grappling. It will be the same three-rounds. It’s not the injury.”
The 31-year-old returns to the cage at the UFC 247 event on February 8 when she attempts to defend her flyweight title against Katlyn Chookagian.