After dismantling Julianna Pena via second-round submission at UFC on FOX 23 this past January, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women’s bantamweight contender Valentina Shevchenko believes she deserves a rematch with current champion Amanda Nunes, who rattled Ronda Rousey in 48 seconds back at UFC 207. The two women previously met at UFC 196 with Nunes walking away with the unanimous decision win.
“For sure I want to fight for the title,” said Shevchenko in a recent interview with TMZ Sports. “I want to fight Amanda [Nunes] and I will take this rematch.”
Shevchenko added that her manager has spoken with UFC officials about the rematch and that she remains ready and willing to fight for the title. Considering she has knocked off former champion Holly Holm and Pena in succession, “Bullet” seems like the next logical title defense for “Lioness.”
“Give me the date,” added Shevchenko. “This is what I want. This was my goal from the beginning: the belt of UFC. It wasn’t successful from the first time because I think I missed my opportunity when I lost to Amanda. For the second time, I will not lose.
“She knows that I’m a dangerous opponent for her and she will try to avoid this fight. Maybe she’ll be like ‘let’s do it later’ or maybe she’ll say ‘I want it at 145,’ looking for any kind of reason to avoid the fight because she knows I’m dangerous. I know that she’s dangerous. I’m ready to fight.”
Nunes defeated Shevchenko, Rousey and former champion Miesha Tate en route to one of the best 2016 campaigns in mixed martial arts (MMA). But if there’s any fighter on the bantamweight roster who matches up well with the Brazilian, it’s Shevchenko.
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