“I Want The Belt”- Ariane Lipski Sends A Stern Warning Ahead of UFC 255

Published 11/20/2020, 7:38 AM 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)

Ariane Lipski will look to make a big splash this weekend when she faces off against Antonina Shevchenko. The four-fight UFC veteran hasn’t had the best time so far but rebounded from losing her first two fights to winning her last two. Antonina on the other hand is coming off a loss to Roxanne Modafferi. She is still ranked at the tail end of the flyweight division. However, Lipski seems to be on the rise.

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She believes a win over Antonina will earn her a shot at her sister- flyweight champion, Valentina Shevchenko.

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Lipski said, “Antonina is a good name to fight because she’s sister of the champion. A similar game is not the same, but that’s similar. And it depends on how the fight is you know, but I expect to win this fight like very clear. I wanna win by KO or submission and after that, I’m gonna go to the top you know. I’m gonna, let’s see what UFC will give me, but you know I want the belt. Everyone’s going for the champion but I feel prepared for that I’m very confident in the job that my team are doing, that my head coach still is doing with me.”

Is Ariane Lipski too confident in herself?

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This demand is quite odd, considering Lipski still has a lot to prove in the division. The fact that she plans on making a case that is undeniable, but it may be hard to make that case this low in the rankings.

Lipski doesn’t have either the hype or the record to demand a shot at Valentina. Even though the division does have a rotational set of top contenders, there are still a whole host of fighters ahead of her.

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Lipski would be hard-pressed to get a top-five opponent in realistic terms, but if she does have a super impressive win over Antonina, one cannot predict what will happen. However, with what we know right now, this demand is a little out of place.

Valentina Shevchenko is main-eventing UFC 255, and Antonina will face Lipksi in the preliminary card. Valentina is the odds-on-favorite to beat Jennifer Maia and continue to reign as champion 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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