UFC president Dana White acknowledged after UFC 261 he’s not severely attracted to seeing his dominant women’s flyweight champ, Shevchenko, switch serve as much as 135 kilos to take on Nunes for the bantamweight belt.
Shevchenko’s easiest two losses in the UFC have attain to Nunes, who additionally holds the promotion’s featherweight title and broadly is considered the correct women’s MMA fighter in history after she took out Cris Cyborg to procure the 145-pound belt.
Shevchenko (21-3 MMA, 10-2 UFC) stopped pale strawweight champ Jessica Andrade (21-9 MMA, 12-7 UFC) with a 2nd-round TKO at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Fla., Saturday at UFC 261.
Nunes (21-4 MMA, 14-4 UFC) has a bantamweight title defense put for UFC 265 against Julianna Pena (10-4 MMA, 6-2 UFC), whom Shevchenko has a submission procure over. Nunes had serve-to-serve title defenses at featherweight and now will focal point on the 135-pound belt.
White acknowledged pushing Shevchenko serve as much as 135 kilos isn’t something he wants to maintain – not that he couldn’t be swayed by the 2 precept figures.
“(They’re going to need to have) their very be pleased legacies,” White instructed MMA Junkie. “They fought a pair times. Of us can be pleased whatever they want. There’s repeatedly going to be somebody else coming up (to pain Shevchenko). There’s repeatedly a brand new contender. And it’s not Valentina’s fault that she’s one amongst the all-time baddest women on this planet. So making her switch as much as 135 kilos factual doesn’t put sense when she did it twice.
“If they each and each attain to me and as well they each and each wish to maintain it, then whatever – I’ll put it occur. Nonetheless it actually’s not something I’m brooding about.”
Up to now as Shevchenko is alive to, it doesn’t sound love she’s going to be running to White asking to battle Nunes anytime soon, herself. She acknowledged a third battle with the twin-champ is nearly sure to occur sooner or later – but it actually can wait.
“My occupation is not going to be over soon,” Shevchenko acknowledged. “I notion to battle for a truly long time. This battle is factual going to occur. I’m not going to push it and hiss, ‘Give me Amanda accurate now. I’m going to interrupt her face.’ This battle is factual going to occur. It’s going to occur factual naturally, when every person feels love, ‘There’s no extra. Ultimate this battle is provocative for all individuals’ – when the fans, when the UFC, when Dana White thinks we want this battle.
“When it’s time to occur, it’s going to be something substantial and big – and I’ll be ready for it. I’m already for it – but I’ll guarantee to put some kilos serve.”