Amanda Nunes made quite a statement in her first-ever title defense, knocking out former division champion, Ronda Rousey, in just 48 seconds last month at UFC 207 in Las Vegas, Nevada (see it again here). While "Lioness" may have had the mixed martial arts (MMA) world singing her praises shortly afterward, Valentina Shevchenko wasn’t too impressed.
"Yeah, it was very fast and she did what she had to do, so she knew she had more advantage in the striking so she used it," said "Bullet" during a recent appearance on "The MMA Hour." "It was a good fight. I’m not impressed. I was waiting, just observing my future opponent. I just tried to see errors or something like this. I cannot put in a lot of emotion of this fight," she added.
Shevchenko earned herself another shot at Nunes after she soundly defeated top contender Julianna Pena via armbar this past weekend (Sat., Jan. 28, 2017) in the main event of UFC on FOX 23 in Denver, Colorado (full video replay here). And while Shevchenko already has a loss to Nunes, the striking specialist is confident the rematch will be vastly different, as she has improved leaps and bounds since their first encounter at UFC 196 nearly one year ago.
"I think it will be a completely different fight. It’s two extra rounds and all the experience that I have trained, it will be much better for me," said a confident Valentina. "I’m a better fighter than the last time. All this training and fights after I fought Amanda will help me. It will be a great fight. I am excited and I promise I will be in my best form to win it."
A date and time has yet-to-be revealed for the women’s 135-pound match up, but it means that Nunes' plans to become the first-ever women’s UFC dual champion will be put on hold. Perhaps for good.