Miranda Maverick Believes She Has The Talent To Beat Valentina Shevchenko

Published 02/13/2021, 1:00 PM EST
CHICAGO, IL – JUNE 08: Valentina Shevchenko of Kyrgyzstan celebrates her KO victory over Jessica Eye in their women’s flyweight championship bout during the UFC 238 event at the United Center on June 8, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Valentina Shevchenko is one of the best women’s fighters in the world right now. While she may be a few spots behind Amanda Nunes in the current P4P ladder, everyone knows that Shevchenko is easily one of the most dangerous fighters in the UFC.

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The UFC has built up Flyweight Miranda Maverick, who believes that she may be ready for the Shevchenko challenge.

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“Shevchenko is the person to watch. When I train, it’s not to get ready to fight the girl I’m fighting, it’s to fight Valentina. We always talk about that in the training room. I’m always trying to get that 1 percent better so I can fight the best in the world. She’s proven to be the best right now. I think she has holes and nobody has been good enough to test her grappling.”

She added, “I think I’m a little ways away in terms of time, but I don’t think I’m a long ways away in terms of my talent and abilities… I would assume after [this fight], I’ll be in the Top 15. I said at my debut that it’d be about two years for me to get my title shot and I still think that’s more than true.”

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Valentina Shevchenko: Could Maverick be her match?

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – OCTOBER 24: (R-L) Miranda Maverick punches Liana Jojua of Georgia in their women’s flyweight bout during the UFC 254 event on October 24, 2020 on UFC Fight Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Miranda Maverick is the exciting rising star that she is because she is being built up as a title contender. The UFC’s women’s divisions fall into trouble with boogeyman champions that beat every top contender. Valentina Shevchenko is one of those fighters, so building up credible opponents for her is challenging.

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A win here would be big for Maverick. However, it is unlikely that she jumps the likes of Jessica Andrade and Lauren Murphy in the pecking order. This division has life amongst its top fighters, so Maverick may still be a few wins away from being considered the number one contender of the division.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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