After when rivals fight a couple of times, they squash their beef and move on, but it doesn’t sound like that’s going to happen with Amanda Nunes and Valentina Shevchenko.
When people talk about rivalries in MMA, chances are Nunes – Shevchenko isn’t the first one mentioned, as it’s not like the bantamweights have the same type of history as say Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier. But, Nunes and Shevchenko have fought on two occasions now, and they have had some heated exchanges outside the cage as well.
“I don’t want to hear this girl or anything,” Nunes said. “I just want this girl to shut up and get her life together and do the thing.”
“I don’t have anything personal against Valentina, but I think she changed a lot, her personality,” Nunes said. “In one interview, she says something and the other one she goes completely the other way. For this fight, she started to be a little bit humble. I don’t understand — it was a mess.”
“We don’t need to hate each other,” Nunes added. “I don’t hate her. This is a job. I don’t want to say anything to her. It was awesome. She was pretty tough. I know she’s gonna go back and beat a lot of girls in this division…”
When you consider the abilities of both Nunes and Shevchenko, and the fact they’re both just 29 year’s old, it certainly wouldn’t be surprising if they cross paths again. Although this second bout was closely contested, chances are we’re not going to see Nunes – Shevchenko III anytime soon. Especially since their first fight took place just last March.
Now it will be interesting to see who the UFC taps to face Nunes next. Holly Holm is currently ranked #2, but there has been a lot of talk about her fighting featherweight champ Cris “Cyborg”.