“If the Girls Want To Do It I’ll Do It”- Dana White Says Amanda Nunes Could Take On Valentina Shevchenko

Published 09/30/2021, 9:52 AM EDT
DALLAS, TX – MAY 12: Valentina Shevchenko of Kyrgyzstan gives the peace sign to Amanda Nunes during the UFC Summer Kickoff Press Conference at the American Airlines Center on May 12, 2017 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Valentina Shevchenko defeated Lauren Murphy at UFC 266 to keep hold of her flyweight title. ‘Bullet’ earned yet another finish on her record and is now on an eight-fight win streak in the UFC. Many fans have been calling for Shevchenko to face double champion and long-time rival, Amanda Nunes next. UFC President Dana White has reacted to those claims.

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Also, there have been suggestions from the fans that Murphy didn’t actually deserve to be in there with Shevchenko. White dismissed those claims as he believes Murphy is a tough outing for anybody in the flyweight division of the UFC. He also said that he is open to making the trilogy fight between Nunes and Shevchenko if the fighters are willing to do it.

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She did deserve that shot. She’s a super tough girl. And Valentina went in there and absolutely picked her apart, took her time, seize the moment when it happened. And finish that fight. impressively. She’s awesome. Usually, you wouldn’t do a fight when one of the fighters has already won two of them. But I think enough people want to see that. And if the girls want to do it, I’ll do it,” said White.

However, the UFC President said that Nunes will first have to get past Julianna Pena, who is the mandatory challenger in the bantamweight division at the moment.

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Is Amanda Nunes vs Valentina Shevchenko 3 next?

Nunes and Shevchenko have already fought twice. Nunes won by a decision on both occasions. However, many fans believe Shevchenko should have gotten the decision in her favor in the second fight. So, it’s understandable that the fans have wanted to see a third fight between the duo since.

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LAS VEGAS, NV – NOVEMBER 21: (R-L) Valentina Shevchenko of Kyrgyzstan takes down Jennifer Maia of Brazil in their women’s flyweight championship bout during the UFC 255 event at UFC APEX on November 21, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Both fighters have looked absolutely invincible lately and many believe the only way for them to have a real challenge is to face each other. If the UFC eventually makes that fight happen, it will surely go down as one of the greatest matchup’s in women’s MMA.

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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