For Valentina Shevchenko, UFC Bantamweight Championship Seems Inevitable

Valentina Shevchenko likely clinched a title fight with her win over Julianna Pena on Saturday.Valentina Shevchenko likely clinched a title fight with her win over Julianna Pena on Saturday.Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Getty ImagesMike ChiappettaMMA Senior ColumnistJanuary 29, 2017

Little by little, Valentina Shevchenko’s MMA game peels away new layers, exposing a mastery far beyond what reveals itself in any cursory viewing. She can fight in and out, fast and slow. She can box and wrestle. She’s sharp and tactical.

If there is any issue for Shevchenko, it’s her size. She is a natural flyweight, but that’s a division the UFC does not have for women, so she fights on and manages to excel one class above where she should be. 

She is so good, in fact, that her ultimate bantamweight destination is to be the division’s champion. After Shevchenko beat Julianna Pena on Saturday at UFC on Fox 23, the only one standing between her and destiny is champion Amanda Nunes. 

Nunes is the same fighter who beat her once before, but who she dominated in the third round of their bout after the Brazilian

Article source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2689872-for-valentina-shevchenko-ufc-bantamweight-championship-seems-inevitable

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