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Valentina Shevchenko hasn’t competed in many close fights during her UFC tenure. At 125 pounds, the Kyrgyzstani fighter has yet to struggle over the span of her three outings at the weight class. Saturday night, “The Bullet” built on her previous wins with a dominant five-round unanimous decision victory over Liz Carmouche at UFC on ESPN+ 14 at Antel Arena in Montevideo, the capital city of Uruguay.
Fight fans are already wondering what will be next for Shevchenko (18-3 MMA, 7-2 UFC), and if there’s anybody who’s capable of challenging for her belt. For what it’s worth, Shevchenko already has a volunteer to face in her next outing.
Shortly after Shevchenko defeated Carmouche at UFC on ESPN+ 14, flyweight contender Katlyn Chookagian took to social media to lobby for the next shot at Shevchenko. “Blonde Fighter” has gone 3-1 since moving to 125 pounds in January 2018. Her lone loss at flyweight was suffered at the hands of Jessica Eye at this past December’s UFC 231.
According to a post-fight interview by Shevchenko, the UFC had discussed the possibility of pairing the two fighters for the main event in Montevideo. However, Chookagian (12-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) declined the fight when personal issues arose, Shevchenko said. Now, it seems like she feels prepared to finally square off with the champ.
Shevchenko, 31, is riding a four-fight winning streak with two finishes in that span. She is undefeated at flyweight in the UFC at 3-0 with victories against Carmouche, Eye, and Joanna Jedrzejczyk. Though she does have two losses on her UFC record, they have come via the same opponent. UFC women’s “champ champ” Amanda Nunes (18-4 MMA, 11-1 UFC), who defeated Shevchenko on two occasions – at UFC 196 (March 2016) and UFC 215 (September 2017).
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