Valentina Shevchenko Responds To Jessica Andrade’s Challenge

Valentina Shevchenko is intrigued by Jessica Andrade’s challenge. Shevchenko is the UFC women’s flyweight champion, while Andrade holds strawweight gold. They’re both set for title defenses this month, but Andrade is down for a &#8220…

Valentina Shevchenko is intrigued by Jessica Andrade’s challenge. Shevchenko is the UFC women’s flyweight champion, while Andrade holds strawweight gold. They’re both set for title defenses this month, but Andrade is down for a “champion vs. champion” clash in the near future. With the “champ-champ” era in full swing, stranger things have happened. ‘Bullet’ Answers […]

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Valentina Shevchenko Responds To Jessica Andrade’s Challenge

Valentina Shevchenko isn’t one to shy away from a challenge. UFC women’s strawweight champion Jessica Andrade presented “The Bullet” with just that in a recent interview. Andrade, who prepares to defend her title against Weili Zhang on August 31, recently called for a superfight against the flyweight champion. Speaking to MMA Junkie, Shevchenko didn’t close the […]

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Valentina Shevchenko isn’t one to shy away from a challenge. UFC women’s strawweight champion Jessica Andrade presented “The Bullet” with just that in a recent interview.

Andrade, who prepares to defend her title against Weili Zhang on August 31, recently called for a superfight against the flyweight champion. Speaking to MMA Junkie, Shevchenko didn’t close the door on the possibility.

“Interesting,” Shevchenko said. “I never heard of that yet. Let’s see. Before this move she has to pass her test as well. Let’s see what happens after her fight with the Chinese girl and you never know what’s going to happen in the future.”

Both women have upcoming title defenses to attend to before they can think about a possible superfight. Shevchenko will put her 115-pound strap up for grabs against Liz Carmouche this weekend in Argentina. The 31-year-old champ is looking for her second consecutive successful title defense.

Andrade is preparing to make her first defense against Zhang in the challenger’s own backyard of Shenzhen, Guangdong, China. It would be interesting to see how a potential matchup between the two skilled champions plays out should they both emerge victorious from their respective bouts.

What do you think about a potential clash between Shevchenko and Andrade?

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Jessica Andrade Wants Super Fight With Valentina Shevchenko

Jessica Andrade has her first title defense at the end of the month. There, she will take on Weili Zhang in the main event of UFC Shenzhen. Yet, she is already looking ahead to a super fight with flyweight champ, Valentina Shevchenko. However, the flyweight champ also has a title fight upcoming next weekend against […]

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Jessica Andrade has her first title defense at the end of the month. There, she will take on Weili Zhang in the main event of UFC Shenzhen. Yet, she is already looking ahead to a super fight with flyweight champ, Valentina Shevchenko.

However, the flyweight champ also has a title fight upcoming next weekend against Liz Carmouche. Should they both win, though, Andrade believes that is the fight to make.

“That’s a fight I would really like to have,” Jessica Andrade said to Portal de Vale Tudo (as transcribed by BJPENN.com). “I believe that, if I win my next fight, which is my most important fight at the moment, who knows, I might ask for this Shevchenko fight. She’s the best at flyweight, so it would be a cool test for me. I really like her, I always hug her, greet her and talk to her everywhere we meet,” she continued. “She’s really nice, but I want to test myself, too. I want to see what level I’m at. If I have really improved. If I defend my title now, I do want to ask for the chance to fight Valentina and become a champion in two different weight classes.”

It also makes sense given the fact Jessica Andrade used to fight at bantamweight so there may not be a size advantage. Add in the fact that Shevchenko is quickly running out of challengers at flyweight as the division is so new, this could give time for the division to sort out the top.

Whether or not it happens is to be seen, but Jessica Andrade has made it known she wants to fight Valentina Shevchenko for the flyweight title.

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Jessica Andrade Believes Super Fight With Valentina Shevchenko Is Possible

Put Jessica Andrade on the list of fighters eyeing the “champ-champ” status. Andrade is the UFC strawweight champion. She’s set for her first title defense against Weili Zhang on Aug. 31. The 115-pound title bout will headline UFC She…

Put Jessica Andrade on the list of fighters eyeing the “champ-champ” status. Andrade is the UFC strawweight champion. She’s set for her first title defense against Weili Zhang on Aug. 31. The 115-pound title bout will headline UFC Shenzhen. Jessica Andrade Talks Potential Showdown With Valentina Shevchenko Andrade spoke to Portal de Vale Tudo ahead […]

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Jessica Andrade ‘Used To’ Joanna Jedrzejczyk, Claudia Gadelha’s Trash Talk

UFC women’s strawweight champion Jessica Andrade is no stranger to trash talk from Joanna Jedrzejczyk or Claudia Gadelha. Ever since becoming champion, Andrade has been on the receiving end of some criticism from the two. Jedrzejczyk, who outpointed Andrade in their 2017 title fight, wasn’t impressed with the Brazilian’s training videos on social media. Gadelha, […]

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UFC women’s strawweight champion Jessica Andrade is no stranger to trash talk from Joanna Jedrzejczyk or Claudia Gadelha.

Ever since becoming champion, Andrade has been on the receiving end of some criticism from the two. Jedrzejczyk, who outpointed Andrade in their 2017 title fight, wasn’t impressed with the Brazilian’s training videos on social media. Gadelha, meanwhile, who suffered a unanimous decision loss to Andrade in 2017, has been questioning why the latter is fighting at strawweight, considering her strength advantage.

For Andrade, their comments are just a result of jealousy:

“I’m already used to having (Gadelha) and Joanna talking a bunch of stuff, but it’s jealousy because I won the belt and they haven’t,” Andrade said recently (via MMA Fighting). “They want attention and I won’t give them any attention. They have to fight and show who deserves to fight for the belt. I had to fight three times and earn the opportunity to fight for the belt again, so they have to do the same.

“Claudia Gadelha had so many opportunities to win the belt against Joanna, I had one—and I believe that down the line, with Joanna winning, we’ll have a rematch. That Jessica from two, three years ago is not the same anymore. I believe I’ll keep this belt for a long time.”

Andrade On Criticism

Andrade believes Jedrzejczyk — who faces Michelle Waterson next — is trying to get a title shot by provoking her into a rematch:

“She wants attention, she wants to talk me into asking for this fight before it’s time,” Andrade explained. “She has to eat more rice and beans, has to get there and earn her chance. There are others ahead of her.”

As for Gadelha’s comments, Andrade had a simple response:

“Making weight is what matters, not the strength,” Andrade added. “But it’s all good. If she gets more wins like I did to earn another opportunity to fight for the belt, why not? I’d fight her again.”

What do you make of the criticism/trash talk Andrade is receiving?

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Jessica Andrade Says Joanna Jedrzejczyk & Claudia Gadelha Are Just Jealous Of Her

Jessica Andrade is set for her first strawweight title defense when she takes on Weili Zhang in the main event of UFC Shenzhen. Although Zhang is her opponent, she has heard a lot of trash-talking from Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Claudia Gadelha, which she …

Jessica Andrade is set for her first strawweight title defense when she takes on Weili Zhang in the main event of UFC Shenzhen. Although Zhang is her opponent, she has heard a lot of trash-talking from Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Claudia Gadelha, which she doesn’t care about. Instead, she says it is just because they are […]

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