Valentina Shevchenko Ready to Challenge Nunes for the Bantamweight Title after Beating Pena
Valentina “The Bullet” Shevchenko (14-2) outclassed Julianna “The Venezuelan Vixen” Peña (8-3) in the 2nd round of the main event at Fox UFC Fight Night event in Denver, Colorado.
After an incredible win via submission, something the Russian strikers not known for, becomes the top title contender in the bantamweight division, where Amanda Nunes rules.
Before the fight, Shevchenko was regarded as a complete striker due to her vast Muay-Thai and Kickboxing experience and not someone who would go down and challenge Pena’s incredible grappling and submission technique. However, people witnessed the complete unthinkable, as “The Bullet” reversed Pena’s every takedown attempt and counter with an excellent body slam..
In the 2nd round, the American did succeed to put the 28-year-old on the mat with a traditional double leg take down move. For a short while, she was able to maintain control over Shevchenko, but the Peruvian fighter turned her hips and applied an impressive arm-bar from the bottom and extended her lower body to help her torque pressure on the elbow. This move forced her opponent to roll out in order to circle away from submission, but all her efforts fell short and few seconds later, Pena tapped out.
Jubilant Shevchenko said: “Many people before the fight they said ‘Valentina you’re a striker, Julianna is a wrestler, how are you going to deal with this?’ and every time I said, ‘yes, I’m a striker but I’m an MMA fighter and I am a complete fighter’.”
Now, Shevchenko is all but certain to get another opportunity to avenge her only loss in the Octagon, which came at the hands of current Women’s Bantamweight Champion Amanda Nunez. In that fight, she almost defeated the reigning champion, but somehow ended up on a losing side in a unanimous decision.
Some believed Shevchenko deserved more than what she was got.
What’s in store for the ‘Bullet’? Will she crowned our next queen of the division or will the ‘Lioness’, Amanda Nunez repeat history?