After Narrow Title Loss, Valentina Shevchenko Says Next Fight Will Likely Be at 125 Pounds

By: Tristen Critchfield
Sep 14, 2017


Valentina Shevchenko may be ready to move on from Amanda Nunes — at least for now.

After a narrow split-decision loss to Nunes in the UFC 215 headliner, Shevchenko questioned the judges’ scoring of the bout and seemed set on pursuing a third fight with “Lioness.” However, in an interview with Submission Radio, Shevchenko targeted a move to the women’s flyweight division for her next bout.

“Now I’m thinking to move to 125 [pounds], and I think more probably my next fight it will be in this division,” Shevchenko said. “Because 125 is like much closer weight for me. It’s my real weight category, and even at 135 I feel comfortable, and I feel like 125 I will be able to use all my techniques and all my skills because I will fight with the same-sized opponents as me.”

The UFC announced the addition of the division earlier this year, and the inaugural champion will be crowned at the conclusion of “The Ultimate Fighter 26.”

Shevchenko competed as a flyweight in muay Thai and won multiple titles. She also holds a notable victory against strawweight queen Joanna Jedrzejczyk in that realm. For now, that seems to be a more desirable option than challenging the outcome of her loss to Nunes via appeal or other means.

“I want to win my belt in a fair battle and to receive the belt from the fight, not only from legal situation or fighting like appeal or something like that,” she said. “And I know it will come; I will have my time. And will do everything great next time. So, I prefer to be the champion in the fight, not on the paper.”

That doesn’t mean the woman known as “Bullet” will completely forget about Nunes, however.

“Of course, it’s on my mind, and I still want it,” she said. “Not right now, not in the near future, but definitely it will happen.”

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