Valentina Shevchenko’s Contract Allows Her To Compete More Frequently As Champion

Valentina Shevchenko has revealed an unusual clause in her contract that’s specifically designed to ensure that she gets to fight more frequently as the UFC’s flyweight champion.

“I’m a person who wants to compete more often and as much as I can,” Shevchenko told MMA Junkie. “That’s why, when I signed my new agreement with UFC, one of the things I asked is to be able to compete not only in pay-per-views, but also in different events of UFC to be able to compete more often. So, for me, the more often I compete, the more happy I am.”

By doing so Shevchenko could be losing out on a potential windfall from pay-per-view earnings, but she says that money is not her only focus in life.

“This mentality came from very, very far away,” Shevchenko said. “I was growing up with this idea that it doesn’t matter what you are doing, the most important is the journey and what you get through this. Of course when you get more money it’s a great thing. What I think about money is it gives you certain freedom in your actions.

“I don’t want to spend money on buying car. I don’t want to spend money buying houses or things. I want to spend money on my travels, to invest in myself, to learn more, to get more knowledge for exploring new things.”

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