Valentina Shevchenko is competing in the co-main event of UFC 231, facing former UFC Women’s Strawweight Champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk for the vacant women’s flyweight title.
The flyweight contender had originally been embroiled in a feud with former UFC Women’s Flyweight Champion Nicco Montano, but that rivalry was never settled in the Octagon and even Shevchenko has moved past it now.
“Even now, I don’t want to hear nothing about that girl. For me, its like I already don’t know who is that. Its already so far in the past that I was never thinking more about that and every time I am trying to focus me on what waiting for me in the future,” says Shevchenko in an exclusive interview with Fightful’s James Lynch.
Shevchenko had previously challenged for the UFC Women’s Bantamweight Title before dropping to flyweight, losing to current champion Amanda Nunes at UFC 215.
If there is one thing that Shevchenko doesn’t want to do at UFC 231, it would be to keep the fight out of the judges hands.
“I will perform (as) me for 100% as I do every time and of course, my main goal is to not leave the decision for the judges. I want to finish the fight sooner, so I will just go in there and start from the very first second and just go without no stop before the fight will end,” says Shevchenko.
UFC 231 takes place on Saturday, December 8 from the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ontario, Canada with Max Holloway and Brian Ortega headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, with a post-show podcast to follow.
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