Valentina Shevchenko Says It’s Difficult for Kayla Harrison to Find a High-Level Opponent in Her Weight Class

Published 12/21/2021, 2:45 PM EST
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)


Current UFC flyweight queen Valentina Shevchenko shared her thoughts on free agent Kayla Harisson joining the UFC roster. There has been a lot of talk surrounding the PFL lightweight champ joining the UFC to compete at Bantamweight.

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Harrison’s natural weight class seems to be 155, however, the UFC doesn’t have a lightweight division. Therefore, it is likely that she will have to drop down to compete in the UFC.

Shevchenko shared her thoughts on the PFL champ in a recent interview. She said, “I did not watch her fights, but I know she is kind of like finishing everyone in the first round, just smashing everyone.”

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When asked what she thinks about all the hype and talk surrounding Harrison outside the UFC, she said, “Yea definitely it’s good for female sport, female martial art, you have like strong women in the UFC, outside the UFC, like everywhere it means like it’s so popular like around the world, so it’s just amazing.”

 

The ‘Bullet’ commented on the difficulty Harison will face in finding a potential opponent. She said, “Definitely, it’s very hard I think for her to find someone like really in high-level, because of the weight class. It not many girls who are like walking (with) their natural weight bigger. They can weigh more, but it doesn’t mean it’s their weight. It just means they carry some extra pounds on them.”

Shevchenko is an avid supporter of fighting at a weight class that is closest to what you walk around at naturally. Often fighters go up a weight class, but their body frame is still too small for the division.

Speaking on this, Shevchenko said, “I then say if you have your natural power and weight that much, every time it’s best for you.” Most fighters in the UFC do not have the build that Harrison has and so Shevchenko believes that and said, “Just my opinion, it will be very hard for her to find opponents in her natural weight class.”

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)
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Will Valentina Shevchenko fight Amanda Nunes again?

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In her recent appearance on the Joe Rogan Experience, Valentina shared her thoughts about fighting Amanda Nunes again. Speaking. on this, Shevchenko revealed that the biggest advantage Nunes has over her is the weight difference. Shevchenko is a natural 125 flyweight fighter and Nunes seems to a natural 145 featherweight.

Regardless of the massive weight disparity, Shevchenko is still open to fighting the ‘Lioness’ for the right price. The ‘Bullet’ has already lost two very close fights to Nunes and given their dominance, the best fight for both individuals seems to be the rematch.

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However, Nunes has already called for a rematch with Julianna Pena first. So, as things stand, the trilogy between these two dominant women fighters is on the back burner for now. Do you think Valentina will get a rematch with Nunes? let us know in the comments.

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Nahum Lobo

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Nahum Lobo is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing a media degree from St.Xavier's College, Nahum is a religious follower of events churned out by MMA promotions like Bellator and UFC.

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