Eye recently stated that her ability to adapt will lead to a new champion this June, but Shevchenko questions what the challenger is predicting.
“I think she [doesn’t] know what she’s speaking about,” Shevchenko said on The MMA Hour. “Because it’s like, not make sense. To lack [the ability to] adjust? It [doesn’t] make sense at all. That you have so much technique in your arsenal, you have so much everything [in your arsenal that you can] choose the weapon, what you’re going to use against your opponent — this is what I see. This is, in my mind, the adjustments. That you are not just adjusting because you don’t have the opportunity to do something else. No, you’re just choosing the right weapon against your opponent. And this is what, every time, I am doing. If I need to go hard, I can go hard. If I need to wait a little bit, I will wait. If I have to go striking, I will go to strike. If I have to go down, I will go down. So this is my version of adjustments. I have a lot of techniques. I have a lot of everything, to choose what I will [use to] play against you. And this is more dangerous, I can say. You never know what you will face. So this is the thing, what I can explain is an adjustment. But listening to her quote, I really understand she doesn’t know what she’s talking about. Maybe she’s saying words, but she doesn’t know what exactly this means.”
Both Eye and Shevchenko have been undefeated since moving to flyweight, with Eye sitting at 3-0-0 and Shevhcneko sitting at 2-0-0.
Valentina isn’t just preparing for UFC 238, but is also helping her sister Antonina train for an upcoming bout at UFC Fight Night St. Petersburg.
“I know the one important thing: It will be my title defense,” Shevchenko said. “This is everything that I want to know. And for now, I’m just keeping my mind fresh and I’m trying to not think too much about the fight. I’ve already started my preparation, but I want to put my mind in this fight mode at the right time in the right place. And it’s not yet there. It’s not yet because for now I have my sister’s fight. Antonina, like I say, she’s going to fight [next] month in St. Petersburg, Russia, against Roxanne Modafferi. It’s going to be the first female UFC fight in the history of Russia. And now, all my mind, all my thoughts, it’s about her fight. I’m trying to help her as much as I can in her preparation and to do everything I can to make her successful in her fight.”
UFC 238 takes place on Saturday, June 8 from the United Center in Chicago, Illinois with no main event announced at this time. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, with a post-show podcast to follow.