The Chinese-born UFC strawweight world champion Zhang Weili has called out the women’s flyweight queen Valentina Shevchenko for a championship super fight showdown. In a recent interview with MMA Junkie’s Mike Bohn, the Kyrgyz fighter responded.
“There are so many great fighters in this division at the moment. I don’t have a particular name that I want to fight for now. I will wait for the call from UFC to decide which one is more appealing … [On Valentina Shevchenko] I think it would be a great fight (and) it’s one I’ve considered before. She is a very versatile fighter with a complete package. I hope it can be arranged whenever UFC sees fit.”
While speaking to Mike Bohn at the annual World MMA Awards, ‘Bullet’ Shevchenko responded:
“It’s one of the options of what can happen, definitely. I saw her recent fight. She’s gotten stronger, more tactical. But if the fight is gonna happen, that’s not gonna help her.” (H/T MMANews)
In this super fight showdown, Zhang Weili would likely be going up in weight to challenge for the flyweight crown against the long-reigning Shevchenko.
Who’s next for Valentina Shevchenko?
Aside from the Zhang match, Shevchenko has other super-fight options. She is 0-2 against the reigning two-division champion Amanda Nunes, but is interested in revenge. Regarding facing Nunes, Shevchenko said:
“Actually, always. There is interest always. And I [am] actually ready for that because it’s a fight that makes sense … Any super fight would be good.”
For challenger in her own strawweight division, the reigning champion Valentina Shevchenko said:
“I think the next challenger I would consider Alexa Grasso and [Manon] Fiorot. These are two challengers who are extremely good and ready for this title test. Any of them.”
The UFC women’s flyweight world champion Valentina Shevchenko concluded with:
See the full interview below: