Valentina Shevchenko believes she has advantage vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk
Valentina Shevchenko has beaten Joanna Jedrzejczyk multiple times before in stand-up bouts. She anticipates the same result this December.
“Every experience is an experience, it doesn’t matter how long ago it was,” Shevchenko told MMAjunkie Radio. “We fought with Joanna in 2006, in 2007 and 2008 in World Championships. We fought in a weight class similar to 125 pounds. It’s 57 kg. We had our history. When I moved up to 60 kg, Joanna went on to win several World Championships. I know Joanna what her style is. I’ve seen her recent fights and everything. She’s a good fighter and a very high-level striker. But even in muay-Thai when we are fighting in stand-up fight, we do the same muay-Thai style, but we have different styles as well.”
“In the close distance, the high distance I can use more weapons as well because I can throw turning kicks, spinning kicks – everything,” Shevchenko said. “This is the more advantage that I have. I have more wide techniques I can choose for her. I will prepare and it will be a good fight.”
Shevchenko was supposed to challenge inaugural women’s flyweight champ Nicco Montano at UFC 228, but Montano withdrew from the fight on weigh-in day after being hospitalized with a bad weight cut. She was then stripped of the title, clearing the way for Shevchenko to fight Jedrzejczyk for the vacant strap.