Valentina Shevchenko
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Valentina Shevchenko Claims Amanda Nunes Is Dodging Her

The time appears to be now: current UFC Flyweight Champion Valentina “Bullet” Shevchenko is ready for the massive trilogy fight with one of the best of all time and front runner for 2021 fighter of the year Amanda Nunes. There is one slight problem in this plan, according to Shevchenko, Nunes is ducking her. For the most part, ever since their last fight back in September of 2017, she has been very mild-mannered and soft-spoken about the trilogy bout and about Nunes in general. But during a recent appearance on The MMA Hour, she let loose on the matter.

Full quote via MMAFighting.com:

“I kind of feel that she’s doesn’t want too much this fight to happen,” Shevchenko said. “Because inside of herself, she feels that she was gifted the victory from our second fight. Gifted by the judges. She feels that she was beaten by the smaller girl from the smaller weight class and she is a bigger girl. It’s kind of like pressure on her from the inside.

“That’s why she kind of like says ‘I [beat] her twice,’ whatever she’s saying. But it’s kind of like this camouflages what she’s feeling for real and definitely if you was beaten by someone smaller than you by two [weight classes], it would affect you. That’s why I feel she’s kind of like ‘I don’t want that fight happening.’”

Valentina Shevchenko has only tasted defeat twice inside the UFC octagon, both times to Amanda Nunes. Their first fight was a three-round bout where Nunes led for two rounds before Shevchenko almost found a way to finish it in the third. Their second fight, mentioned above, was a title fight in 2017 that saw a split decision win go to Nunes. Shevchenko believes that that fight was hers, and appears supremely confident should a trilogy fight happen. If this fight took place, there is no doubt it would be the biggest fight in Women’s MMA history.

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