‘She’s My Friend’- Valentina Shevchenko Has a Surprise Prediction for Zhang Weili vs Rose Namajunas

Published 04/17/2021, 6:49 AM EDT
EDMONTON, AB – SEPTEMBER 09: Valentina Shevchenko of Kyrgyzstan raises her hands after facing Amanda Nunes of Brazil in their women’s bantamweight bout during the UFC 215 event inside the Rogers Place on September 9, 2017 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


UFC flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko spoke out on ESPN MMA and previewed her upcoming title defense at UFC 261. ‘The Bullet’ will take on former strawweight champion Jessica Andrade, who is looking to become a dual weight champion. While talking about her own bout, Valentina Shevchenko also did a deep dive into another title fight that will take place on the same card.

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Zhang Weili will defend her undisputed title against the former divisional champion Rose Namajunas. Fans have earmarked this fight as possibly being the most technical title fight on a three-title fight card. Both women have had several marquee performances throughout their careers and are expected to deliver under the bright lights at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena.

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Valentina Shevchenko details her relationship with Rose Namajunas

‘The Bullet’ was asked to clarify certain comments that she had made about Weili’s last fight against Joanna Jedrzejczyk. Shevchenko was happy to reiterate her opinion on the fight and also talked about ‘Magnum’s upcoming fight. What’s more, she predicted a path to victory for Namajunas based on her track record in massive title fights.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – NOVEMBER 20: Valentina Shevchenko of Kyrgyzstan poses on the scale during the UFC 255 weigh-in at UFC APEX on November 20, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

“It’s like people asking me and I’m sharing my opinion [on Zhang Weili]. I saw her fight with Joanna, and Joanna was really better in there. Knowing Rose, she’s my friend and if she’s going to be in the same physical condition, mental condition what I know her, she has all chances to win [against] Weili. It’s nothing personal, I just like saying my opinion.”

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Although Valentina Shevchenko’s comments don’t lend themselves to be particularly disparaging, she’s certainly doubling down. The seeds of a potential match-up between Shevchenko and Weili could very well be brewing if they win their fights. It’s a contest that would garner plenty of fan attention as they are both elites in their respective weight classes.

However, the test ahead for both women is undoubtedly an uphill one as they seek to take out former champions. Moreover, both Namajunas and Andrade will bring it with unmatched ferocity, and the divisional champions will have their hands full.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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