Champion vs Champion fights don’t come by often in the UFC, but if the pieces of the puzzle fall into place in the coming months, a future showdown between Valentina Shevchenko and Joanna Jedrzejczyk looks likely.
The UFC strawweight champion Jedrzejczyk looks set to defend her title against Rose Namajunas next, but just last month, she offered to step in on just 24-hours notice to face Valentina Shevchenko at UFC 213 when Amanda Nunes fell ill.
The fight never came together, but speaking yesterday at the UFC Performance Institute, Shevchenko explained that was ready to rekindle her old rivalry against the Pole.
“I think it would’ve been a great opportunity for us to keep the excitement up for the event,” Shevchenko said. “Everyone was very disappointed at what happened, but I was ready if Joanna was ready.
“Everybody was ready and I thought we could fight, but it didn’t happen. It was disappointing, but I think it’s an opportunity that will happen in the future.”
Shevchenko holds three wins over Jedrzejczyk in Muay Thai in a rivalry that dates back all the way back to 2006. Despite their past, the respect between the two fighters is evident for all to see and Shevchenko says she can’t wait until the two meet each other inside the UFC Octagon to create more history.
“Of course it is a fight I like,” Shevchenko said. “We share a great history in Muay Thai. All the time I say now, why don’t we create more history in MMA.
“This is a fight that everyone likes and I think soon we will start our history in MMA fights.”
Sign us all up!