In an exclusive interview with Bleacher Report, Valentina Shevchenko was asked about a possible third bout between her and reigning women's bantamweight and featherweight champion Amanda Nunes.
Addressing the question, 'Bullet' said:
"I have a feeling it's gonna happen at some point. But I really believe that she doesn't want to fight me. It was a gift of the judges that she won that second fight, and it's not going to happen like that when we fight again. So, I really believe she's trying to avoid this."
Valentina Shevchenko has lost two close fights to Amanda Nunes at UFC 196 and UFC 215 respectively. Both women are now dominant champions in their respective divisions and MMA fans across the globe want a third fight between the two.
Valentina Shevchenko denies possible move down to strawweight and bulking up for bantamweight
Valentina Shevchenko has ruled the UFC women's flyweight division for nearly three years and has six title defenses under her belt. Her dominance in the division is undeniable.
A trilogy fight with Amanda Nunes at bantamweight, as previously mentioned, is undoubtedly on the cards for Shevchenko. However, a move down to strawweight is out of the question for 'Bullet.'
Valentina Shevchenko, the current UFC women's flyweight champion and a former world Muay Thai champion, laughed the notion away when Joe Rogan asked if she had ever considered cutting weight to 115 pounds.
The flyweight champion was also asked if she would bulk up and gain weight if she had months to prepare for a fight with Amanda Nunes.
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"I'm not gonna do anything special to lift up my weight. I don't believe it's gonna help. I believe it's gonna be worse for the fighter, because if in your whole life, you were of certain body type, you know how to carry certain amount of muscle. And then suddenly for last 2-3 months, you start to carry way more. So, what's gonna happen? You're gonna be slower. You're not gonna have resistance for the whole fight because you have to carry more weight on top of you. I will just do the same. I will do the last day weight cut, what I do for 125lbs. I'm not gonna lose 6 pounds... I'll just eat normally and train the same way as I do."