and now the UFC flyweight champ tells TMZ Sports a 3rd fight with the Lioness is 100% goin’ down!! “And when this day comes, it comes. and if Valentina’s right, a 3rd scrap is on the horizon. TMZSports.com
Amanda Nunes is the ONLY woman to beat Valentina Shevchenko in the last 10 years … Nunes won both fights … 11/21/2020 12:20 AM PT
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NEVER SAY NEVER… Bottom line, Shevchenko is undoubtedly the toughest opponent Amanda — the greatest female MMA fighter of all-time — has ever faced … I’m not trying to delay it. So I’m just living my life and waiting for when it comes, and I know for sure it comes.”
Of course, the women fought 2 super competitive bouts in 2016 (UFC 196) and 2017 (UFC 215). “You know right now I’m not thinking about [Amanda] cause my goal is to defend my belt,” Shevchenko says … “One day it’s gonna come to the point when it’s gonna [make] much more sense, and it’s not gonna be other than to make this 3rd fight.”
Valentina continued … But, now I’m not rushing it. We talked to the 32-year-old Shevchenko — who’s defending her belt at UFC 255 against Jennifer Maia Saturday night in Vegas — about the possibility of the highly coveted match-up with Nunes, the 32-year-old bantamweight and featherweight champ. but some people believe Shevchenko — who’s 19-3 as a pro — was robbed in the 2nd fight.