“I Want to Live There” – Valentina Shevchenko Loves The Idea of Fight Island

Published 04/15/2020, 8:27 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)


The UFC wants to be the first sport to get back on schedule with regular events. Dana White is extremely serious about this and is doing everything he can to defy expectations and restore normalcy to the country. His fighters too share his enthusiasm and are eager to compete. Women’s Flyweight Champion Valentina Shevchenko is no different. She shared her views on Fight Island on MMA Fighting’s ‘Eurobash’ podcast.

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Valentina Shevchenko loves the idea of Fight Island

“Its such a great idea, from the first second I heard about it I was like I definitely would be there,” says the Flyweight Champion. 

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The 3rd ranked women’s pound for pound fighter says she wants to spend time on the island. This is because she likes to train in places suited for the climate. 

“I want to fight on the island, I want to train there and live there. I want to spend my time there, definitely, island is for me!”

She adds that she loves to do ger training camps at “places that are more suited for the climate.” ‘Bullet’ reasons out, “I have to fight on the Island, why can I not train there?”

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Dana White said he would ship fighters to Fight Island within a month so that they can start training there. However, it seems unlikely that ‘Bullet’ will compete there in the coming weeks. This is because she suffered a leg injury and withdrew from her UFC 251 title defense in June against Joanne Calderwood. By the time she returns the situation in the US may be back to normal with the UFC not having to resort to Fight Island.

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‘Bullet’ returned to Flyweight in 2018. Later that year she claimed the Flyweight championship against Joanna Jedrzejczyk. She defended her title three more times. This includes a win earlier in the year over Katlyn Chookagian which was her 3rd consecutive defense. 

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Will the UFC have to Resort to Fight Island? Or will they be able to hold events at UFC Apex or in Florida? Where will ‘Bullet’s fourth title defense take place?

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Reubyn Coutinho is a Combat Sports editor at EssentiallySports with over 2 years of journalistic experience. Having earned his bachelor's degree in Mass Media with a specialization in Journalism from Xavier's College, Reubyn has interned with the sports desks at DNA and Times Now before joining EssentiallySports to further his passion for sports content. Reubyn has interviewed former UFC champions like 'Mighty Mouse' Demetrious Johnson and Miesha Tate.

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