Amanda Nunes apparently wasn’t all that impressed with Valentina Shevchenko’s performance.
Shevchenko scored a significant upset at UFC on Fox 20 on Saturday night, taking a five-round unanimous decision triumph over Holly Holm in the evening’s main event at the United Center in Chicago. It was the second victory in three Octagon appearances for the Peru-based Kyrgyzstan native.
Her lone defeat? A decision loss to the current 135-pound queen at UFC 196 this past March. Shevchenko made it quite clear — in her in-Octagon interview, on Fox Sports 1 and on the post-fight press conference dais — that a rematch with Nunes is at the top of her wish list following the signature triumph of her career to date.
However, Nunes seems to have other ideas. The Brazilian, who captured the title with an emphatic first-round submission of Miesha Tate at UFC 200 on July 9, took to Twitter to express her thoughts on Shevchenko’s status in the bantamweight division.
“I feel she needs to prove herself a little more,” Nunes wrote. “I think [Julianna Pena] vs. [Shevchenko should be next]. Winner comes to me.”
Pena also earned a key triumph at UFC 200, taking a decision over former title challenger Cat Zingano, her fourth straight victory within the Las Vegas-based promotion. Nunes’ comments were relayed to Shevchenko near the end of Saturday’s post-fight press conference.
“She’s definitely scared,” Shevchenko replied. “I’m ready for five rounds for sure. I’ll take whoever I need to fight next, but I think she’s definitely scared.”
Nunes, however, has her own thoughts on how a rematch would look.
“I won the first fight with [Shevchenko] by [unanimous decision…if I fight her again I will beat her again, this time very clean,” she wrote.