UFC flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko is all set to defend her flyweight title against Taila Santos at UFC 275 which is scheduled for June 11. Although the venue for the event hasn’t been decided yet, the fight will most probably take place in Singapore according to MMA journalist Ariel Helwani.
Valentina Shevchenko is coming off of a TKO victory over Lauren Murphy at UFC 266 back in September 2021. Valentina Shevchenko has been one of the most dominating fighters in the UFC and ever since winning her title back in 2018 following a victory over Joanna Jedrzejczyk at UFC 231, she has defended her title a staggering six-time. She has wins over Jessica Eye, Liz Carmouche, Katlyn Chookagian, Jessica Andrade, Jennifer Maia, Holly Holm etc.
On the other hand, Taila Santos is currently ranked at #5 in the women’s flyweight division and is coming off of a win over Joanne Wood at UFC Fight Night 198 in November last year. She won the fight via rear-naked choke submission in Round 1. She is currently riding on a four-fight winning streak in the UFC.
Valentina Shevchenko wants to be a dominant force in the women’s flyweight division
Valentina Shevchenko has been an extremely dominant fighter in the women’s flyweight division. There have been talks about her moving up to the bantamweight division, but Shevchenko made it clear that she wants to remain in the 125lbs weight class.
‘Flyweight is getting more interesting every single day,’ Shevchenko told Metro.co.uk.
‘There are a lot of younger fighters getting their shape and experience. Then you have people like Miesha Tate coming down to test herself at the flyweight division. Something is always going on with the flyweight division.’
‘With me being flyweight, literally 125(lbs), fighting in bigger classes meant that I had to adjust my fight game to fight with the bigger girls. I didn’t struggle fighting there, but when you find your best weight class for your shape, it’s where you can show everything; your striking, your wrestling and it’s a great feeling.
‘I want to continue fighting at 125, defend my belt as much as I can and welcome anyone who wants to try their skills against mine.’