Valentina Shevchenko Thinks Trilogy Fight Against Amanda Nunes Is ‘Logical’
Valentina Shevchenko believes a trilogy bout against Amanda Nunes makes sense.
Shevchenko is 0-2 against Nunes but most MMA fans believe she still has the best chance of defeating “The Lioness.” Shevchenko is the UFC Women’s Flyweight Champion, while Nunes holds the UFC Women’s Featherweight and Bantamweight Titles.
Nunes and Shevchenko are both set for title defenses. Nunes will put her 145-pound gold on the line against Megan Anderson at UFC 256. As for Shevchenko, she’ll put her 125-pound gold up for grabs against Jennifer Maia at UFC 255 on November 21.
Appearing on MMAJunkie.com‘s Hablemos MMA podcast, Shevchenko explained why she thinks a third fight with Nunes feels right.
“I think it would be logical. She’s been going through her opponents very easily, and I think that for the future, it would be logical to have a third fight because the second fight … I didn’t lose it. I won it.”
Shevchenko continued by saying that she lost the rematch in the eyes of the judges by the slimmest of margins. She feels a third fight is warranted because of how evenly matched up they are.
“This fight right now, as champion vs. champion, I think the judges will have a different outlook towards the fight. Three years ago in 2017 when we had our fight, they thought that just that one thing gave her the victory, and that was the takedown she got in the fifth round. She didn’t even start it – it was me who initiated. But since it was the final round, we were both slippery. She’s heavier, so I ended on bottom when I was supposed to land on top.
“That’s the only thing that gave her a small advantage in the eyes of the judges that night. But that’s how it went down, and I think it would be very logical to have that third fight between us.”