Valentina Shevchenko on Amanda Nunes fight
Valentina Shevchenko suffered losses to only one fighter in her UFC career – Amanda Nunes. The two met for the first time at UFC 196, where “The Lioness” won by unanimous decision. The rematch took place next year at UFC 215, where Nunes again emerged victorious in a narrow split decision.
During his recent appearance on The Joe Rogan Experience podcast, the UFC commentator asked Valentina Shevchenko about Amanda Nunes’ hardest part in the Octagon.
Shevchenko said it is Amanda Nunes’ size more than her fighting style that poses a problem for her opponents. When Joe Rogan added that the power of Nunes could also be a factor, Shevchenko said that every contender in the women’s bantamweight division has power:
“Everyone has power. If you talk about weight class 135, everyone has a lot of power. Amanda is like taller than anyone. What’s her walking weight? 160-170?”
Valentina Shevchenko explained that while it is possible for any fighter to knock out their opponent inside the octagon, size plays an important role.
Valentina Shevchenko on a possible switch to strawweight
Valentina Shevchenko has led the UFC’s women’s flyweight division for almost three years now. She has six title defenses under her belt and her dominance in the division is undisputed.
A trilogy fight with Amanda Nunes where she might challenge âThe Lionessâ at bantamweight is certainly on the horizon for Shevchenko. However, a reduction in the weight of the straw is not an option for ‘Bullet’.
When Joe Rogan asked her if she had ever considered going down to 115 pounds, Valentina Shevchenko laughed. The Flyweight Queen was also asked if she would gain muscle and gain weight if she has months to prep before a great fight with Amanda Nunes:
“I’m not going to do anything special to lift my weight. I don’t think it’s going to help. I think it’s going to be worse for the fighter, because if in your whole life you were of a certain body type. , you know how to wear a certain amount of muscle. And then suddenly for 2-3 months you start to wear a lot more. So what’s going to happen? You’re going to be slower. You’re not going to have to. resistance for the whole fight because you have to carry more weight on you. I’m just going to do the same. I will do the last day weight loss, which I do for 125 pounds. I’m not going to lose 6 pounds … I will just eat normally and train the same as I did, “explained Valentina Shevchenko.
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