Watch out, Flyweight division — Valentina Shevchenko is coming for you.
The former Bantamweight title contender is set to make her 125-pound debut on Feb. 3, 2017, at UFC Fight Night 125 in Belem, Brazil, against UFC newbie Priscila Cachoeira. The fight was announced on Tuesday night via UFC.
The news comes following an interesting interview with new women's Flyweight champ Nicco Montano on “The MMA Hour” where she claimed Shevchenko had no right to a title shot because she had never competed at 125 pounds.
That won't be an issue for much longer.
Shevchenko is 3-2 in UFC with her two losses coming at the hands of current women's Bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes. Many consider her a favorite to take the newly-minted, 125-pound belt once the division shakes out, but first she'll have to get past undefeated Priscila Cachoeira. She holds a perfect (8-0) record in various Brazilian promotions with four knockouts to her name. Shevchenko is a stiff test, but the booking goes to show you what the matchmakers think of Cachoeira's potential.
UFC Fight Night 125 takes place at the Arena Guilherme Paraense in Belem, Brazil, on Feb. 3, 2017.