Five Biggest Takeaways From UFC on FOX 23

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Valentina Shevchenko Should Be The Next Title Challenger

The main event of UFC on FOX 23 featured a crucial bantamweight bout between No. 1-ranked Valentina Shevchenko and No. 2-ranked Julianna Pena.

Pena has been campaigning for a title shot for quite some time now, but it was Shevchenko that made a statement, as she submitted “The Venezuelan Vixen” in the second round of their bout. Shevchenko has now scored back-to-back victories over former champion Holly Holm and Pena, and it’s clear that she is deserving of the next shot at champion Amanda Nunes.

There happens to be a back story as well, as Nunes and Shevchenko have met before when Nunes scored a decision victory over “Bullet” at UFC 196 last March. Since then, the Brazilian champion has destroyed Miesha Tate and Ronda Rousey to establish herself as a legitimate champion.

After UFC on FOX 23, it’s clear that Nunes vs. Shevchenko II is the fight to make.