LAS VEGAS – Valentina Shevchenko fought just Saturday and she’s already planning her return.
UFC women’s flyweight champion Shevchenko (19-3 MMA, 8-2 UFC) defeated challenger Jennifer Maia (18-6-1 MMA, 3-2 UFC) by unanimous decision in the UFC 255 co-main event.
At a post-match news conference, Shevchenko revealed that she hopes to remain active in the near future. While she will be back soon, the opponent does not matter. She fights against who the UFC offers.
In a fair world, Shevchenko said, there is a fair competitor to fight for. However, she fears a No. 1 fight between Jessica Andrade and Lauren Murphy would isolate her from returning to her next title defense.
“I do not choose my opponents,”
But the question (s) is whether I want to wait that long. I do not want to wait so long because I was already waiting a lot and I do not agree to wait any longer (for) their fight (to happen) and (for when) they will recover. It takes a few months from here. I’m ready to go back to the octagon as soon as I’m fine and I’m fine. ”
Andrade (21-8 MMA, 12-6 UFC) debuted 125 pounds on October 18 after back-to-back losses as a strawweight. In his lone UFC fly-like look to date, Andrade earned a first-round TKO finish over former UFC women’s flyweight title challenger Katlyn Chookagian.
After years of competition in the UFC, Murphy (14-4 MMA, 6-4 UFC) has pulled together one of the longest winning streaks of his career. Her current four-match winning streak was topped off by a second round of submission by Lilya Shakirova at UFC 254 on October 24th.
With his victory at UFC 255, Shevchenko successfully defended his 125-pound title for the fourth time in a row, expanding his winning streak to six. Her only UFC loss came in bantamweight against current UFC bantamweight and featherweight champion Amanda Nunes in 2015 and 2017.
UFC 255 took place Saturday at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. The motherboard is streamed on pay-per-view after initial on ESPN + / ESPN2 / UFC Fight Pass.