UFC Champion Valentina Shevchenko Names Who She Wants Next

A trilogy fight with Amanda Nunes would be an alternative.

Valentina Shevchenko has different thoughts about her next rival.

Shevchenko, the UFC women’s flyweight champion, has two opponents in mind for her upcoming match.

Shevchenko (23-3 MMA, 12-2 UFC), who won by a narrow decision over Taila Santos at UFC 275 in June to record her eighth title defense, sees Alexa Grasso and Manon Fiorot as potential opponents moving forward.

Grasso (15-3 MMA, 7-3 UFC), and Fiorot (10-1 MMA, 5-0 UFC), who is unblemished in the cage, are both riding strong winning runs.

“I would consider two names: It’s Alexa Grasso and Fiorot,” Shevchenko told MMA Junkie on the World MMA Awards red carpet. “These are two challengers that are extremely good and ready for this title test. I think any of them.”

The alternative for Shevchenko is a trilogy fight with Amanda Nunes, the reigning featherweight and bantamweight champion, who has two victories over her, including one by split decision at UFC 215, which Shevchenko believed she had won.

“There is interest always, and I’m actually ready for that, because it’s a fight that makes sense,” Shevchenko said.

“But yeah, let’s see how everything plays out, because I think any bright names, any superfights would be good.”

Superfights may also herald the arrival of opponents for Shevchenko’s championship, as strawweight champion Zhang Weili expressed her desire to take on “The Bullet,” who is also willing to be challenged.

“Definitely it’s one of the options that can happen,” Shevchenko said. “I saw her recent fights. She got stronger, more tactical, but if a fight is gonna happen, it’s not gonna help her.”

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