Reigning UFC flyweight champion, Valentina Shevchenko, akin to two-weight titleholder, Amanda Nunes is running out of challengers to her 125lbs throne, decimating contender after contender throughout her reign on the top.
More often than not, the question will arise regarding a possible trilogy matchup between the two in the future, despite the fact Nunes has twice bested the Kyrgyzstan standout.
Competing opposite each other twice between March 2016 and September of 2017, Shevchenko pushed Nunes to the brink in their bantamweight title rematch, with many scoring the bout in the now flyweight champion’s favor.
A trilogy bout between the two has been on the forefront of many people’s minds as the two continue to run roughshod over contenders as part of their championship runs, and Shevchenko believes that eventually, she’ll share the Octagon with Nunes for a third time.
“I just feel it’s going to happen,” Shevchenko said of a trilogy clash with Nunes during a recent interview with MMA Fighting. “Without putting all this pressure to someone, ok, let’s do it now. It’s like everything good in a good time. That’s why it’s going to happen, I know for sure. Probably when time is perfect time for this fight. It’s going to happen. It’s like I cannot force someone like ok, let’s go fight me. If someone don’t want to fight, to have this fight, no one can force no one.“
“Why I’m feeling like I’m not rushing or doing much of this stuff, I just feel it’s going to happen without extra power,” Shevchenko explained. “Because as I say every time, if we continue successfully in our own weight class divisions, it’s going to be just only one fight that makes sense.“
Lodging her fifth successful defence of the flyweight championship at UFC 261 two weeks ago in Jacksonville, Florida, Shevchenko made incredibly light work of former strawweight best, Jessica Andrade on route to a punishing second round stoppage due to strikes from a mounted crucifix.
For Bahia pound-for-pound number one, Nunes, she’s booked to return to the bantamweight limit for the first time since UFC 245 back in December of 2019, as she meets with the outspoken contender, Julianna Pena at UFC 265 on August 7th.
In her last Octagon walk back in March of this year, Nunes managed to take home a stunning triangle-armbar win over featherweight title challenger, Megan Anderson in the opening round.
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