“I Want to Be a Martial Artist for a Long Time”- Valentina Shevchenko Plans to Fight Past the Age of Fifty

Published 09/21/2021, 12:31 PM 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)


The women’s flyweight champion of the UFC, Valentina Shevchenko, believes she can fight till the age of fifty and more. The ‘Bullet’ claims she has a different type of concentration compared to other MMA fighters.

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Shevchenko is one of the most prominent UFC fighters. She has been dominating the flyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship since 2018. The Russian fighter has proven to be unstoppable and says she won’t quit, even when she is fifty.

In a recent interview with ESPN, Shevchenko said, “Many fighters, how long they are practicing martial arts? Seven years? Eight years? Total, I am saying total, not only just when they are fighting. But I tell you I’m fighting and practicing martial arts for 28 years.”

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She added, “Maybe some fighters don’t even live that much, So I do more martial arts than they actually have in their age. This is my focus, to perform as long as I can. Not only because, like, ok ya, I just will talk a lot and then lose my focus. No, it’s a different type of concentration. I have a different mindset. I want to be in martial arts for a long time. And I will fight forever. Even longer than fifty. Forever.”

The ‘Bullet’ will now defend her UFC flyweight title against Lauren Murphy at UFC 266. The Russian fighter is undefeated in the promotion since 2018. However, she has lost two times to Amanda Nunes and is still ready to cross paths with her for the third time.

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The 33-year-old woman flyweight fighter has a phenomenal MMA record of 21-3 to her name. She is the current and one of the most decorated UFC flyweight champions.

However, even the best have faced setbacks in their careers. The ‘Bullet’ faced her first loss in the UFC against Amanda Nunes at UFC 196. The latter defeated Shevchenko once again in a bantamweight title bout at UFC 215.

Despite suffering two losses against the same opponent, Shevchenko says, she is interested in facing Nunes for the third time. In the same interview, Shevchenko said, “The interesting and the best thing about this fight is that I don’t have to think about it, I just know it’s gonna happen someday, sometime.”

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She added, “You know what I’ll do after my fight? I’m gonna travel. This is a more exciting scene than just talking. Because people who talk a lot… they’re focusing on like two or three years of their careers. They go up and they go down, it’s all like that because they’re focusing on different things”

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The ‘Bullet’ believes the blockbuster trilogy might happen someday, but for now, she is focused on her next title defense. It will surely excite Shevchenko fans to see her back in action, inside the octagon.

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What are your thoughts on this amazing female fighter? Are you excited to see Valentina Shevchenko inside the octagon?

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Afnan Chougle

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Afnan Chougle is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. Besides writing, this Media graduate is an integral part of the digital web stories team for combat sports. Before joining EssentiallySports, Afnan gained valuable experience as an intern at Jiostudios Production House.

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