The “Bullet” reminded us that she is a complete fighter during the fight and afterwards at the post-fight press conference. Her ability to control the clinch position was instrumental in neutralizing a seasoned grappler like Pena, a former TUF winner and winner of four straight coming into the fight.
“I am complete fighter,” she said with authority, explaining her tactics depend on her opponent and what is needed. “Julianna is good fighter, she is wild. But I am a master.”
Now, UFC bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes waits in the wings. Nunes won the first bout and she was quick to remind Shevchenko of that after the fight.
Let’s see what happens.
Did you know Valentina’s sister Antonina Shevchenko is defending her Muay Thai title March 3?
— Antonina Shevchenko (@AntoninaPantera) January 21, 2017
Back to back UFC female main events. This is good.
USADA came visit me today 😊 all natural baby👊🏻 any day, anytime, anywhere you're welcome to… https://t.co/u7DqoNAMoG
— Germaine de Randamie (@IronLadyMMA) January 13, 2017
Tokyo, Japan will be the place for an atomweight title bout between 38-year-old Naho Sugiyama (12-4-0) and 39-yearold Mina Kurobe (9-2-0) at Deep Jewels 15.
— Lady Go！sugi photographer (@_sugi2009) December 12, 2016
With fighters like Japanese Invicta FC atomweight champion Ayaka Yamasaki and strawweight Mizuki Inoue doing well, the Jewels promotion seems to be a good breeding ground for talented fighters.
I think MMA would welcome you back with open arms, Zoila.
I hope they keep it standing, should be a wild one.
And, let’s not forget:
— ONE Championship (@ONEChampionship) January 26, 2017
See you next week!