CHICAGO – UFC women’s flyweight contender Valentina Shevchenko has a task to occupy her while she waits for a title shot.
Shevchenko’s sister, Antonina, is set to fight on Dana White’s Contender Series on June 26 in Las Vegas. That means plenty of time to help her sister prepare.
Patience is the best approach, because there’s only irritation if Shevchenko (15-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC) dwells too much on what’s happening behind the scenes. To hear her tell it, champ Nicco Montano (4-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) is able to defend her title – she just won’t.
Although Montano said she’s still recovering from a foot injury that’s kept her from training, and recently underwent a tonsillectomy and adenoid surgery, Shevchenko said there’s a big difference between what the champ has been saying in public and what’s really going on.
“I just don’t like when people do something wrong, and when they say something wrong,” she said. “I just don’t like it. I don’t take it too personal, because to win the fight I have to be cool. It doesn’t matter to me what they say, because I have so much experience. Opponents they talk so many different words about me, and I just know how to manage it.
“But when I write a (social media) post, I just do it if a person is wrong. If she’s doing something wrong, I just say, ‘Hey, stop. You’re doing it wrong.’ Or if you’re thinking you’re smarter than everyone, or you think people are fools, no, they’re not. They exactly understand what’s happening now.”
Shevchenko called out Montano on social media (via Twitter), telling her to sign a contract to fight. But so far, one has yet to materialize. And so, she waits.
“You could have taken this fight so many times,” Shevchenko. “And you didn’t. Why? There is a reason why – just say it.”
That probably won’t happen any time soon, and for the record, Montano has said her layoff has nothing to do with being scared of fighting Shevchenko.
Montano has indicated that as soon as she’s ready, she’ll eagerly fight Shevchenko and defend her title. Shevchenko isn’t holding her breath.
“We’ll see what Nicco will do,” she said. “If she’s thinking she’s Conor McGregor, she’s not.”
To hear more from Montano, check out the video above.
And for more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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