Former UFC bantamweight title challenger Valentina Shevchenko made her debut in the flyweight division at UFC Fight Night 125. Following the fighter’s dominant performance over UFC newcomer Priscila Cachoeira, Shevchenko believes she is ready for a shot at the flyweight belt.
Speaking at the UFC Fight Night 125 post-fight press conference, Shevchenko offered her thoughts on potentially facing UFC flyweight champion Nicco Montano.
“Just one name on my mind right now, it’s Nicco,” Shevchenko said. “I was not thinking about no one else. It’s enough time, I feel she has to be good now.”
“I was ready for this title fight before even [this fight],” Shevchenko continued. “I was ready forever for the fight for the title. Yes, I wanted it from the beginning to have a fight for the title with Nicco, but I knew that she was injured. She has to have a little bit of time to recover. Now I think it’s enough time and I think we are ready to do it.
“About the belt, that’s not my dream, that’s my job. It’s just the reality. I’m going to get the title at some point.”
Shevchenko earned a dominant submission victory over Priscila Cachoeira, with the fighter putting on a UFC record breaking 217-1 striking score during the match.