Women’s flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko will fight former strawweight champion Jessica Andrade at UFC 261 which is scheduled to take place at UFC Apex in Las Vegas on April 24.
UFC president Dana White told about this match-up to broadcast partner ESPN. UFC flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko is currently one of the best female fighters on the planet. The 32-year old is currently riding on a six-fight winning streak.
In her last fight, Valentina Shevchenko defeated Jennifer Maia at UFC 255. Prior to that, she knocked out Katlyn Chookagian at UFC 247 in the third round.
On the other hand, Jessica Andrade is coming off of a first-round KO win over Katlyn Chookagian at UFC Fight Night 180. This resulted in her snapping two-fight losing streak against Rose Namajunas at UFC 251 and Weili Zhang at UFC Fight Night 157.
Here’s how the UFC 261 card looks so far:
- Valentina Shevchenko vs. Jessica Andrade – for UFC women’s flyweight title
- Uriah Hall vs. Chris Weidman
- Jimmy Crute vs. Anthony Smith
- Danaa Batgerel vs. Kevin Natividad
Valentina Shevchenko vs Amanda Nunes 3?
While Valentina Shevchenko has looked unstoppable in her last three fights, the only fighter that has defeated her in the UFC is Amanda Nunes. The pair have fought twice at UFC 196 and UFC 215 and in both fights, Nunes defeated her via decision.
Her last fight at UFC 215 was extremely close and Nunes won it via split decision. This has resulted in fans and UFC president Dana White wanting to make a trilogy between Valentina Shevchenko and Amanda Nunes.
Sure. Those two keep cleaning out divisions. It just makes sense to see those two fight again,” White said.
“I don’t know (what’s next). There’s talk about her and Weili Zhang if Weili wins her next fight (against Rose Namajunas). I don’t know.”
Speaking in Spanish on Monday’s episode of Hablemos MMA ‘Bullet’ explained that the third fight with Nunes is “logical”.
“I think it would be logical,” Shevchenko said. “She’s been going through her opponents very easily, and I think that for the future, it would be logical to have a third fight because the second fight … I didn’t lose it. I won it.”
“All I have in mind these days is being dominant and retain my belt again and again, and that’s what I think of when I put thought in my near future. I think if this fight goes down in the future, I would definitely like to have the fans around me and the public back and not in an empty arena.” (Transcribed by MMA Junkie)