Dana White Not Too Keen on Booking Amanda Nunes vs Valentina Shevchenko 3

Dana White And Amanda Nunes With Valentina Shevchenko Trilogy

  • UFC President Dana White says that he isn’t too keen on booking a third fight between Amanda Nunes and Valentina Shevchenko.
  • Shevchenko dominated Jessica Andrade at UFC 261 last Saturday.
  • Nunes is expected to defend the UFC bantamweight title against Juliana Pena at UFC 265 in August.

A lot of people are talking about a trilogy fight between Amanda Nunes and Valentina Shevchenko after Bullet’s dominant win over Jessica Andrade at UFC 261. However, UFC President Dana White says he isn’t too keen on booking that third fight yet.

In an interview with MMA Junkie after UFC 261, White said he doesn’t want to push Shevchenko back to 135 pounds to book the trilogy bout. Said White:

“(They should have) their own legacies. They fought a couple times. People can think whatever they want. There’s always going to be somebody else coming up (to challenge Shevchenko). There’s always a new contender. And it’s not Valentina’s fault that she’s one of the all-time baddest women on this planet. So making her move up to 135 pounds just doesn’t make sense when she did it twice.”

However, White said that if both Nunes and Shevchenko would come up to him ask ask to book a third fight, it’s a different story. Added White:

“If they both come to me and they both want to do it, then whatever – I’ll make it happen. But it’s not something I’m thinking about.”

List of Challengers is Thinning

Following her pillar to post beatdown of the tough Jessica Andrade, Valentina Shevchenko’s list of challengers continues to thin. Of the Top 4 in the women’s flyweight division, the only fighter Bullet hasn’t beaten is no. 3 Lauren Murphy. Murphy is set to fight no. 6 Joanne Calderwood at UFC 263 in June and the winner of that bout could likely be Shevchenko’s next challenger.

But given how she’s manhandled Andrade, Chookagian, and Maia, is there anyone who has anything for Bullet at this weight class? Maybe not. Shevchenko is 7-0 since the UFC women’s flyweight division was created and is the division’s inaugural champion. Bullet has successfully defended the belt five times, and has won three of those title defenses via knockout.

After the fight however, Shevchenko didn’t demand for a Nunes rematch. Instead, she said that the clamor for that third Nunes fight will come naturally. For now, she is determined to remain as dominant in her own weight class. But with her options continuing to narrow down, it won’t be a surprise if we’ll see that trilogy fight sooner than Dana White thinks.

Nunes is GOAT

There is no debate that Amanda Nunes is the GOAT of women’s MMA. The Lioness is the current UFC women’s bantamweight and featherweight champions. She is the first female fighter to win UFC titles in two different weight classes and is the first fighter, male or female to successfully defend two belts while holding both simultaneously.

Nunes has won 12 consecutive bouts, the longest winning streak in the history of women’s MMA. She has not tasted defeat since suffering a loss to Cat Zingano in 2014. Eight out of her last 12 wins have been by stoppage, including six in world title bouts. But in the four instances where Nunes did not stop her opponent, two were against Valentina Shevchenko.

The Lioness barely defeated Shevchenko during their first meeting at UFC 196 and then earned a disputed split decision in their rematch at UFC 215. A third fight between these two has long been discussed but since Shevcehnko’s move to her natural weight class, the two have forged their separate legacies. However, with Nunes running out of opponents too in both her weight classes, Shevchenko may be on the horizon.

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