Valentina “Bullet” Shevchenko is set to debut in the flyweight division against the undefeated Priscila Cachoeira this coming weekend at UFC Fight Night 125. The last time “Bullet” was in action was back at UFC 215 when she faced Amanda Nunes but lost by way of a controversial decision. We haven’t seen Shevchenko in action for quite some time, but the fans are excited to witness her return to her true weight class.
While many in the MMA community believe Valentina will be the future queen of the flyweight division, one might wonder what the reasons are behind the hype.
When we look at her record we can see that back in her Muay Thai days, she defeated the former UFC champion of the strawweight division, Joanna Jedrzejczyk, multiple times. In her UFC career, she beat one of the best strikers, Holly Holm, in a stand-up war and while her striking is obviously superb, her ground game is underrated. She displayed how well rounded she is as a fighter when she submitted the grappler, Juliana Pena, in the second round of their fight. She also trained together and helped Rose Namajunas defeat Joanna to become the current strawweight champion.
Why move down to flyweight?
Although she had a great run in the bantamweight division, she was the smaller fighter in most of her fights. Now that it is possible for her to fight at her natural weight class, it makes perfect sense for her to switch divisions and work her way towards fulfilling her dream of becoming a UFC champion. She will be able to show her strength and skills even more against opponents that will be the same size as her.
We will see if she can prove the hype to be true as she marches into the enemy’s territory this weekend at UFC Fight Night 125 in Belem, Brazil.