LOS ANGELES – One of the first questions that Valentina Shevchenko was asked was whether she was confident that his battle would take place.
Of course, Shevchenko (15-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC) answered yes. There's a question that would not usually end – but nothing about her recent career has been normal.
UFC women's flying weight title challenge has been waiting for most of this year to crack the belt.
He came within a few days of fighting for him in UFC 228 when his long-awaited opponent left, the hug opener Nicco Montano (4-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) due to a weight cut.
She is now ready to face Joanna Jedrzejczyk (14-2 MMA, 9-2 UFC), a three-time opponent at Muay Thai, Shevchenko, less than two weeks away from another golden opportunity. She's excited about what's coming. She also believes that her whole situation could have been avoided.
"I think it would have been a better idea of starting to fight the title to have the champion of the start, and then to make the reality show to build & # 39; The pressure class on 125 pounds, "said Shevchenko, referring to the" Ultimate Fighter 26 "season Montoni crowned the first hummingbird. "At that point, we could avoid all this mess that the champion, who was a fake champion, wanted to fight, and tried to find reasons to escape the battle, and we could see the That year, no movement in 125. "
Montano was removed from the title after she was able to make the fight, and the UFC ordered a fight soon between Shevchenko and Jedrzejczyk.
That is not the end of the play, however. With the promotion of promotion for a champion at UFC 230, an attempt was made to move the battle up one month. Jedrzejczyk was bled on the application, and Sijara Eubanks was briefly set as an opponent of Shevchenko.
At some point, Shevchenko dropped her hands and told her team that he would fight anyone at any time as long as they could set a date.
"I've been tired of hearing about this mess – I wanted to fight," she remembers. "I'll do my part, I'll go to the gym, and you'll let me know when you are ready and will tell the date and the objector. It does not matter who, I'll be ready. "
Ultimately, UFC won two Daniel Cormier regional champion to take Derrick Lewis, and Jedrzejczyk and Shevchenko were re-filled for their original date.
It has been a long and strange journey to reach its desirable destination. But the concern over to Shevchenko. He does not expect any further holdings in his new class.
"The 125 pound section, here is the most interesting to watch, and most active," he said. "Because we can see 115 pounds, many women will go up, and from 135, they will go down to 125. There will be some sort of division where all the steps will be."
There was a great deal of action outside the cage. Shevchenko looks forward to making it happen where he counts.
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