After the drama of UFC 228’s co-main event being canceled due to an illness to champion Nicco Montano, Valentina Shevchenko is looking towards the future. UFC President Dana White already announced that she would be competing for the now vacant flyweight championship against an undetermined opponent, but Valentina isn’t afraid of laying down a challenge to who she thinks would be a big money fight. She recently appeared on ESPN’s Ariel Helwani MMA show where she expressed that she’s moved on from Nicco, and ready to face a real fighter in Joanna Jedrzejczyk.
I’m moving on. If at some point she will show that she deserves this fight, that she really knows where she’s going and is ready for this fight — I think she is not ready for this fight, but if in the future she will show it, I will think about it.
When Jedrzejczyk was mentioned as a potential challenger.
We already have our history with Joanna in Muay Thai and we can start our history in MMA. Why not?” Why don’t we do this fight? All the fans want to see this fight.
The division has to move, the division has to fight and the belt has to be in play. The fight for the belt has to happen before the end of the year. I will gladly fight Joanna because she’s a real professional fighter.
Check out Valentina’s full interview below.