‘It’s So Bad, It’s Not Right’- Valentina Shevchenko Expresses Her Disgust Over Khabib Nurmagomedov’s Comments

Published 09/19/2021, 6:19 AM EDT
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)


The current UFC women’s flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko responded to Khabib Nurmagomedov for his comments on the octagon girls. The women’s champion believes ring girls are a crucial part of the promotion.

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Recently, in an interview, the undefeated former UFC fighter, who had shared his views on the ring girls of UFC, faced a lot of criticism for his comments. Many people disagreed with his opinion. ‘Bullet’ was one of them.

In an interview with James Lynch, Shevchenko said, “They were since the beginning of the UFC. They were since the beginning of everything. And to say they don’t belong to martial arts, it’s so bad. It’s not right because they are part. And it’s kind of like, without all of this, any fighter would not be in the position of where he is right now.”

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She added, “If there wouldn’t be ring girls, there wouldn’t be lights, fans, sounds. It’s just boring, it’s just boring to see. But all these little details fulfill the full picture. That’s why there is no discussion. Ring girls, they are part of the biggest promotions, smallest promotions of anything.”

The ‘Bullet’ will soon defend her flyweight gold against Lauren Murphy at UFC 266. This will be Shevchenko’s sixth title defense in the UFC. However, the fight will not be the only massive upcoming event for her, as she will make her Tinseltown debut soon.

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The UFC women’s flyweight champion, Valentina Shevchenko, has an impressive professional fighting record of (21-3-0) to her name. Now, the Russian women’s flyweight, one of the best women’s fighters in the promotion, is expanding her horizons.

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She will grace the silver screen and feature in a Hollywood movie called ‘Bruised’ alongside the famous actress Halle Berry.

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The movie will soon release on the OTT platform Netflix. Berry has always been an MMA fan all her life, and the movie is also about a struggling female MMA fighter. Hence, it will surely excite the combat fans to watch the pair sharing the same screen.

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However, Shevchenko’s title defense at UFC 266 is the first thing fighting fans will look out for. Until that comes about, what are your thoughts on Valentina Shevchenko’s opinion on the ring girls? Let us know in the comments.

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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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