Dana White disagrees with the UFC’s decision to have Valentina Shevchenko overtake Amanda Nunes in the official women’s pound-for-pound rankings.
Amanda Nunes, who had widely been considered the women’s MMA GOAT, suffered an upset second-round defeat to Julianna Pena at last month’s UFC 269 event. With the loss, Nunes dropped from the top spot to number three in the UFC’s official pound-for-pound rankings. Valentina Shevchenko now takes the number-one spot, whilst Rose Namajunas climbs to number-two.
During a recent chat with BT Sport, UFC president Dana White expressed how he disagrees with Shevchenko being at number-one.
“Right now, Valentina is the number one pound-for-pound female fighter in the world. I do not know how Amanda drops to number three. That is pretty silly. But she beat Valentina twice and drops to No.3. These rankings don’t make any sense sometimes,” said White.
Shevchenko and Nunes have fought on two prior occasions. In the first meeting back in 2016, Nunes would pick up the unanimous decision win in a three-round fight. It is worth noting that Shevchenko completely took over the fight in the third round and looked to be finishing had the bell not rung. In September 2017’s five-round championship affair, Nunes would pick up a razor-close split decision – a win that had fans on social media divided.
Amanda Nunes is expected to receive a rematch against Julianna Pena at some point later this year. A date has not been confirmed as of yet, but Dana White believes it will be the biggest fight in WMMA history. Meanwhile, Shevchenko has fast been cleaning out the competition in the UFC’s flyweight division and does not currently have a fight booked.
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