Another night of work for Valentina Shevchenko. The 125-pound champion finished Lauren Murphy in the fourth round at UFC 266 and tied Ronda Rousey for the most defenses on her belt with six.
Shevchenko was never in danger, although it took her time to find her way, Murphy ended up getting knocked out and it seems that she continues to develop her skills at a rate that the contestants cannot catch up with.
“I prepared myself hard for this fight. She is a tough opponent, when you have a rival that you know can complicate you, you have to find the right distance to beat a rival,” the Kyrgyz native told ESPN Deportes after the fight.
Shevchenko’s younger sister hoped that Cynthia Calvillo would come out with a victory against Jessica Andrade, to have the certainty of a next challenger, as she has beaten all of the top 5 and has just dominated the Brazilian at UFC 261. Now the closest one One of the contenders is Joanne Calderwood, with whom she had already agreed to a fight and will face Mexican Alexa Grasso in November.
“I have not thought about the next rival, I have been too focused on this one. We will see because in my division they are all very strong, we will see how they fight and how their fight takes place and from there we will see,” he replied “the bullet” .
After two fights at 135 pounds against champion Amanda Nunes, fans want to see a trilogy, as both were very close, especially the second, where they reached a split decision after five rounds at UFC 215 with the bantamweight title in between. .
Valentina has been answering questions about Nunes for almost four years, but insists that it does not depend on her, but on the plans of the UFC.
“I’m open to all opportunities, I’m not thinking that I want to fight with her. She does her things, I don’t know if she trains, if she fights or not, I’m always ready to fight with anyone. I’m not one of those who choose. If I want to fight with one or the other, I want to fight with the best, if she wants to do it, I’m here, “he explained.
At this camp, he spent a lot of time with the men’s fly champion. Tijuana’s Brandon Moreno, who has been a great partner for her and her sister, who also returns to the Octagon this Saturday, October 2.
“I was very happy to train with Brandon in my camp, because every training we have done has been quite hard, training with him is very easy, you can trust that he will not hurt you. Brandon is very strong, I wish him good luck for his defense in December, I am going to swell with everything for him, “explained Valentina.
For the first time Shevchenko, who spent almost nine years in Peru before moving to the United States, gave his triumphant speech in four languages: English, Spanish, Russian and Thai, “I love studying different languages, for me Thai is a very Special, because I am a world champion of Muay Thai 12 times, 17 times in total in all martial arts. I love Thai culture, I love being in Thailand and I think that knowing the language you can understand the customs, I don’t like traveling as a tourist nothing more”.
The flyweight queen is on an eight-win streak since moving down from the division and wants to maintain her pace of at least two bouts a year.