Last Saturday, Amanda Nunes reclaimed the women’s bantamweight title with a dominant decision victory over Julianna Peña at UFC 277. Victory re-established Nunes as the greatest female fighter of all time and brought her back to double champion status. Then the question quickly turned to what’s next for Nunes, and one name seems to have taken the lead: Valentina Shevchenko.
Shevchenko and Nunes have fought twice before, both at bantamweight, with Nunes winning close decisions in both fights. After their second meeting, Shevchenko dropped to 125 pounds, where she won the title and established herself as the best pound-for-pound fighter in the sport. Over the past two years, as Nunes and Shevchenko have dominated their splits, fans have been clamoring for a trilogy fight between the two and after UFC 277, Nunes said she was injust like the president of the UFC Dana White. UFC Hall of Famer Michael Bisping is also on board, but given the unique circumstances, he would like to see the UFC do something as special.
“I would like to see [a third fight]“Bisping said on his Youtube channel. “I talked about it a while ago on the channel, I’d like to see Nunes vs. Valentina Shevchenko at 130lbs, for a BMF women’s title. They did it for the guys and what’s good for the goose is good for the gander. Let’s have a BMF woman. Valentina gets to 130, Nunes gets down to 130, if she can, and that would be the big thing: if she can.
There’s one big hurdle to a trilogy right now though, and that’s Peña. Although “The Venezuelan Vixen” just received a brutal beating from Nunes on Saturday, the now former champion is keen to get another shot at the belt, calling for a trilogy fight once she is healed. With Peña and Nunes separated at one win apiece, while Nunes already has two wins over Shevchenko, a 135-pound title trilogy may make more sense than a 130-pound superfight. And Bisping even recognizes that at some point they have to get back to that fight as well.
“Now obviously there would be talk that because they’re an each, there should be a rubber match, and technically that’s probably true,” Bisping said. “Will we see one? I don’t know, because it was a dominating performance. So, I don’t know if there are reasons for this – but in fact, no. I am wrong. It’s one each, so they should make a rubber match and put that on to be one for all.
Fortunately, the choice can be simple because after UFC 277, Dana White said that Peña is heading for surgery and wants to give him enough time to recover beatings she took. If Peña is sidelined for a while, it could open the door for Shevchenko to step in, unhindered.
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