“It’s Not Before the Fight It’s During”- Valentina Shevchenko Shares Details of How She Totally Broke Lauren Murphy

Published 09/26/2021, 1:58 PM EDT
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)


UFC flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko successfully defended her belt against Lauren Murphy at UFC 266. Shevchenko earned a finish in the fourth round of the contest. She remains undefeated in the flyweight division.

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While Murphy did her best to trouble the champ, it was simply not enough to catch Shevchenko off-guard. The champion remains one of the finest fighters in the UFC and she is surely one of the greatest champions in the history of the promotion. Shevchenko told the media about the exact moment she knew she had broken Murphy at UFC 266.

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“You know when it’s starting to break? It’s starting when their strategy for the fight doesn’t work. If they were like, Okay, I was thinking I can do that, and they started to realize it’s not happening, then I play my games. They wanted to play their games but it’s not happening. I just play my game, and this is when it starts, the breakage. So, it’s not before the fight, it’s during the fight. In the first seconds of the fight,” said Shevchenko.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – OCTOBER 24: (L-R) Lauren Murphy punches Liliya Shakirova of Uzbekistan 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)

Murphy, on the other hand, came into the contest riding a 5-fight winning streak. But she got it snapped after her loss to ‘Bullet’. Despite trying her best, she realized like every other contender that Shevchenko is indeed a step above the rest of the division.

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What’s next for Valentina Shevchenko after her win?

Many fans have expressed their desire to see Shevchenko take on Nunes for a third time next. The duo has already fought twice with ‘The Lioness’ coming out on top on both occasions. But, the decision of their second fight was very controversial as Shevchenko should have got it in her favor.

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CHICAGO, IL – JUNE 08: (L-R) Valentina Shevchenko of Kyrgyzstan kicks 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)

Nevertheless, it would be fantastic for the fans if they indeed fight for a third time. But, there has been no official word on the same yet. What’s next for ‘Bullet‘, remains to be seen.

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Apratim Banerjee

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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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