Valentina Shevchenko proved to the world why she has been a UFC mainstay as she made quick work of Jessica Andrade at UFC 261, thereby defending her women’s flyweight title for the fifth consecutive time. Shevchenko has hardly faced trouble against any opposition in the UFC, barring one – Amanda Nunes.
The Kyrgyzstani just has two losses in the UFC and both have been against ‘The Lioness’, the first loss a unanimous decision loss and the second a split decision defeat. And hence, soon as Shevchenko beat Andrade, talks of a trilogy bout with Amanda Nunes began.
UFC President Dana White addressed this in an interview with MMA Junkie, claiming that making the trilogy bout was not his priority, while adding that both the women should have their own legacies. However, White assured that he would make it happen if both the fighters were willing.
‘They should have their own legacies’ – Dana White
White was quoted as saying, “(They should have) their own legacies. They fought a couple times. People can think whatever they want. There’s always going to be somebody else coming up (to challenge Shevchenko). There’s always a new contender. And it’s not Valentina’s fault that she’s one of the all-time baddest women on this planet. So making her move up to 135 pounds just doesn’t make sense when she did it twice.” [via MMA Junkie]
He concluded, “If they both come to me and they both want to do it, then whatever – I’ll make it happen. But it’s not something I’m thinking about.” [via MMA Junkie]
Amanda Nunes has a crunch encounter coming up against Julianna Pena at UFC 265 in August. Pena is currently ranked number 6 in the women’s bantamweight division. Nunes initially felt that Pena wouldn’t be a worthy opponent, but later accepted to fight her a week or so before.
Will we ever see a trilogy bout between Amanda Nunes and Valentina Shevchenko?