“If I fought Valentina, I don’t think she would be able to impose the same game that she did with Andrade,” claims Tatiana Suarez

The former UFC women's strawweight fighter Tatiana Suarez is aiming to make her comeback in the flyweight division and challenge Shevchenko for her title.

Tatiana Suarez and Valentina Shevchenko
Tatiana Suarez and Valentina Shevchenko

The winner of the TUF season 23 women’s strawweight tournament and former number 3rd ranked UFC fighter Tatiana Suarez hasn’t competed since her fight against Nina Ansaroff at UFC 238 in July 2019.

She is recovering from various injuries and expected to make her comeback this year. But this time Tatiana Suarez is looking forward to returning to a different weight class i.e. Flyweight division.

It is not due to weight cut issues but Suarez feels she’ll perform better at Flyweight. In his latest interview on ‘The 1,2 Podcast with Kendrick and James, she says, “I want to see how I feel at 125,”

“I’ve never missed weight, not even come close to missing weight. I’ve never had problems making weight … but come fight day, a lot of times I feel tired, and I feel not very strong.”

“I don’t think I cut that much weight because, at the start of my camp, I start at 130 and then I get down to 126 and then I cut from there. I don’t think that’s abnormal for a strawweight. …” {H/T MMA Junkie}

Suarez continued, “But I still think somewhere in that I lose strength, and my cardio doesn’t feel as good. When I’m at practice, I never feel tired, I never feel weak, so I’m like, maybe it’s my weight cut.”

Tatiana Suarez believes she can dominate Valentina Shevchenko if they ever fought

Tatiana Suarez
Tatiana Suarez

Tatiana Suarez holds an undefeated record of 8-0 in MMA and along with this she is a two-time World Championship Wrestling Bronze medalist. She believes her wrestling is going to be the key to victory against Valentina Shevchenko whenever they’ll face each other.

She added, “I think my grappling, in general, is definitely better than Jessica Andrade’s because everybody was like Jessica would have the upper hand, and I didn’t think that at all,”

“I just think that Jessica is strong. I don’t think that Jessica is technically the best grappler at 125. I would never say that.”  {H/T MMA Junkie}

Tatiana Suarez concluded, “I just think she’s very powerful and strong, and I truly believe that my grappling is way beyond hers in terms of technique. So if I fought Valentina, I don’t think she would be able to impose the same game that she did with Andrade.”

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