Trilogy matches are most interesting to watch when it's 1-1, with Amanda Nunes and Valentina Shevchenko, it's 2-0 in Nunes's favor. The first match took place in 2016, and the second one just a year later in 2017. Maybe Amanda Nunes would have considered it, but seeing Valentina Shevchenko recently lose her flyweight belt to Alex Grasso eliminated her willingness to fight her for the 3rd time.
Valentina Shevchenko was on a terrific 9 match winning streak until she fought Alex Grasso in March this year; Shevchenko should definitely get a rematch in the near future. It will be interesting to see if she can reclaim her hard-earned flyweight title.
As for now, Amanda Nunes is focused on defending her bantamweight belt against Irene Aldana; the match is less than three days away, the entire card is stacked with thrilling matches, and the excitement levels are very high.
Amanda Nunes on fighting Shevchenko
Recently in the press conference, the defending UFC women's bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes spoke about the possibility of having a 3rd match with Valentina Shevchenko and reacted to her recent loss against Alexa Grasso.
"Yeah, I don't know," Nunes said, as quoted by mmajunkie.usatoday.com. "I think I have a lot of noise at 135, and I don't think the UFC is going to stop and then go back with the Valentina thing. That don't sell nothing". Nunes further said: "I was not surprised, I fought Valentina when she was in her prime, and we were both growing.
Last fight, we were both growing as a fighter. Valentina has a lot of holes that I can see. I wasn't able to do back then, but I see how Alexa Grasso would be able to finish her". Before fighting in the flyweight division, Valentina Shevchenko spent the early stages of her career fighting in the bantamweight division; it will be interesting to see if she ever decides to jump back to bantamweight.
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