Valentina Shevchenko continued her dominance on Saturday at UFC 255, defeating Jennifer Maia by unanimous decision to retain her women’s flyweight title.
The reigning UFC flyweight champion recorded the fourth consecutive defense of her title with a convincing unanimous decision win over Jennifer Maia in the co-main event of UFC 255 at UFC APEX in Las Vegas on Saturday. Despite the rare sight of Shevchenko losing a round, she recovered from a poor second period to dominate the remainder of the fight and improve her overall record to 20-3. Aside from a tough second round where the champ was taken down and controlled on the ground, it was mostly smooth sailing for Valentina Shevchenko.
Following UFC 255, Shevchenko took to her social media to release a statement following the Maia win. Check out what Shevchenko wrote on her Instagram about her win below.
The best filling ever! Me and my sister fighting on the same card and winning! #UFC255
Valentina Shevchenko and her sister Antonina Shevchenko became the first sisters to ever win a fight on the same card in UFC history. The older sister Antonina defeated Ariane Lipski via second-round TKO in a “Performance of the Night”-winning performance. Though her younger sister Valentina wasn’t able to get the finish, the fact both women were able to get their hands raised over tough and durable opponents was impressive to watch.
Valentina Shevchenko at the post-fight conference
At the evening’s post-fight press conference, Shevchenko spoke about how she’s still working on clearing out her division and how her seemingly easy victories have done nothing to lessen her motivation.
“This is what I’m doing,” Shevchenko said. “It’s what I want because finally, I’m in flyweight, my natural weight class, where I feel the most power, the technique, the speed, everything. I want to compete here for a long time to defend my belt against anyone who’s gonna be in front of me. I heard some people there saying, ‘Dominant champ,’ something like that, ‘you are losing motivation, there is no motivation because you feel it’s easy passing everyone,’ but it’s not like that. Because of the way that I did to become UFC champion, it’s not one people can imagine that they’re gonna do. For example, people who are born in the United States can have seven or eight fights and already fight for the UFC. Me, I was born in Kyrgyzstan, martial arts I started to do at five years old.
“Five years ago, I joined the UFC finally, right? It took 22 years from my start, moving around the world, traveling, fighting, winning world championships, moving closer, closer, closer, 22 years with a record of 17 world championships just to join the UFC. After 27 years, I became the world champion of the UFC. So there is no way I am going to lose my motivation to still be the dominant champion and continue my success in martial arts because I know how hard it was.”
Contenders Jessica Andrade and Lauren Murphy were brought up during Shevchenko’s post-fight news conference. While Valentina was open to those bouts — with Andrade appearing to be the more likely of the two — she said she wants a third crack at bantamweight and featherweight champion Amanda Nunes to determine who is the best female fighter in the world.
“I think the second fight I didn’t lose,” Valentina said. “Technically lost, but I don’t. I think the third fight will be something big, but it needs to be at the right time. I would like to see fans with a lot of crowds and energy because I know if it is going to happen someday, it is going to be huge.”
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