Valentina Shevchenko Hints At Bantamweight Title Challenge Later This Year

Valentina Shevchenko is currently the dominant force at flyweight, having successfully defended the title on six occasions, and as she gets ready to face another challenger in Taila Santos at UFC 275 on June 11th she’s began to suggest that she could be on the verge of attempting to seize the bantamweight title too.

“I think by the end of the year it’s going to be a good fight,” Shevchenko said on The MMA Hour show when asked about potentially fighting the winner of the upcoming Julianna Pena vs. Amanda Nunes title rematch at 135lbs.

Prior to becoming the queen of flyweight, Shevchenko had been fighting at bantamweight in the UFC, during which she had actually registered a unanimous decision win over the current champion Pena, but two losses to Nunes (the last being by split-decision), led her to what’s proven to be a highly successful move to 125lbs.

And on that note, Shevchenko has also acknowledged that there’s potentially at least one more big fight left for her at flyweight.

“We have to see—Miesha Tate is coming to 125 in July. So many things can happen, many things can change.

“So yeah, I think it’s possible. It’s very, very, very possible.”

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