Valentina Shevchenko made an impact in her debut at flyweight this past February, submitting Priscila Cachoeira.
That push the former UFC title bantamweight contender on the fast track to a match with flyweight champion Nicco Montano.
And that’s exactly what she wants.
“So, we are still in conversation with UFC. My manager, he’s dealing with all this stuff about next fight, about the date and everything like this. But yes, I was thinking about Chicago because I have very good memory about Chicago,” she said. “In 2016 I fought Holly Holm there, so it was a very beautiful place for me. I have good memories from there, and also, I have very big community for Kyrgyzstan people there, so I know it will be like a lot of fans who will come and support me in Chicago. That’s why I was thinking if (the fight happens on) June 9th, it will be great opportunity to have fight there.
“I heard that she already started to train, so I was thinking like, from now it’s about, like, how many months? Three, four months? It’s enough time to be in good shape and good preparation, so let’s see. Still, like, I haven’t heard too much from her, but I hope she will talk soon and hopefully she will accept because I don’t see another (fight option), I just see my next fight for the title with Nicco.”
Shevchenko (15-3) has won four of her last six, with both defeats being via decision to Nunes. She’s also bested Julianna Pena, Holly Holm and Sarah Kaufman.
While the flyweight title is on her mind right now, a return to bantamweight remains on the horizon.
“Oh yes, this is my plan and this is what I would like to have. And for now, I really like want to have a few fights in flyweight division to do like best things in here,” she said. “And how I said every time, I’m saying that I have unfinished business with Amanda, and even after the last fight I know exactly that she didn’t want this fight and I’m not lost it. I would love to fight her again just to make all things right.”