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The Andrews Report – Shevchenko earns title shot and rematch with Nunes

Not many people predicted a submission win for Russian Valentina Shevchenko at UFC on FOX 23 last night in her main event bout with Julianna Pena.

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?

Back to back UFC female main events. This is good.

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.

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.

Invicta FC vet Andrea “KGB” Lee (5-2-0) will take on Heather “Handguns” Bassett (4-2-0) for the Legacy Fighting Alliance (LFA) flyweight belt at LFA 4 Feb. 17 in Louisiana.

I hope they keep it standing, should be a wild one.

And, let’s not forget:


Zoila Frausto – @ZoilaFrausto

Antonina Shevchenko – @KO_Antonina

Heather Bassett – @HeatherBassett

Andrea KGB Lee – @AndreaKGBLee

See you next week!


Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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