Valentina Shevchenko stated that she is excited to face Holly Holm inside the Octagon this Saturday at UFC on Fox 20 that will be held at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois.
Shevchenko admitted that attempted arm robbery late May that had his coach shot have made an impact on her preparations for the fight, but added that she remains focused on the goal at hand. She noted that she has prepared for all possible scenarios and will stick to the game plan that they have always prepared for the match against Holm.
The 29-year old Shevchenko promised that her fight with Holm will be exciting as both of them are notable strikers. Shevchenko is a noted Muay Thai boxing champion while Holm is also a noted women’s boxing champion in the women’s welterweight division. Shevchenko added that it would be an interesting fight as both of them have prepared hard for the fight, which will also gauge Holm’s preparedness to take on Miesha Tate in the future.
“I can fight standing, I can fight wrestling, I can fight grappling. Everything that can help me win the fight, I will use it. But I think it will be an interesting fight between two strikers,” Shevchenko told MMAJunkie.
Shevchenko also stated that she also wants a shot at the women’s bantamweight title which is currently held by Amanda Nunes. She stated that the women’s division is showing class with quality fighters. She also explained that what is happening in the women’s bantamweight division goes to show that there are a lot of strong women fighters out there and she wants to prove that she is also included in that list.
Holly Holm has stated that she is also focused on her fight against Shevchenko and noted that after she beats her she is expecting to get a rematch with Miesha Tate. Holm has noted that she wants to avenge her loss to Tate back in UFC 196 and stressed that with or without the belt and title, she would face Tate inside the Octagon. But Holm stressed that she remains to focus on her fight with Shevchenko and will worry about Tate after the fight night.
For Shevchenko, the fight against Holm will her gauge if she is worthy of a title shot and reminds herself that the fight is for her coach, who sacrificed his life for their safety. For Holm, it is also a gauge if she is already ready to regain her title.