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UFC flyweight queen Valentina Shevchenko

Fresh off a sensational win over Jessica Andrade at UFC 261, flyweight champion Valentina Schevchenko is eyeing fights with two-division champion Amanda Nunes in a trilogy bout or the recently dethroned Zhang Weili.

Of the two prospective punch-ups, it seems that MMA enthusiasts should not get their hopes up about the Kyrgyzstani-Peruvian facing her two-time Brazilian nemesis Nunes any time soon if president Dana White has anything to do with it.

Broached on the subject of a superfight between the two brawlers, UFC supremo White insisted they should have “their own legacies”.

“They fought a couple of times,” White told MMA Junkie after the sold-out Jacksonville card. “People can think whatever they want. There’s always going to be somebody else coming up [to challenge Shevchenko].

“There’s always a new contender. It’s not Valentina’s fault that she’s one of the all-time baddest women on this planet. So making her move up to 135 pounds just doesn’t make sense when she did it twice,” he added, in reference to Shevchenko challenging for Nunes’ bantamweight strap.

Admitting that it’s “not something” he is thinking about putting on, White revealed that he’d try to make a meeting happen if both of the fighters expressed a preference to face one another in the octagon.

Shevchenko echoes his sentiments. “If everything is going to be the same way [and] she continues to be successful and for me it’s the same, it’s going to happen naturally, without someone forcing it,” Shevchenko told MMA Junkie of a third clash with Nunes.

“When… this is the only one fight to make happen, I think it’s going to be even bigger then.”

Asked when she would fight again, Shevchenko answered: “End of summer”.

“I think that way I will have time to travel, to discover more places [and have] more interesting stuff to do and then prepare for the fight,” she went on, while opening the door to taking on recently-dethroned strawweight queen Zhang Weili.

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“If she wants to go to 125, who can stop her? Nobody can stop her. It’s her decision. It’s the same with Jessica Andrade.

“But she will have to have her fight to claim she’s ready for a title fight. This is how it’s supposed to be – but yeah, [I’m open to it].

“I assume she’s going to have a rematch with Rose [Namajunas] so that is what is going to be the next step. And after that, it is probably going to be something they will think about.”

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‘How dare you boo her’: UFC Florida crowd slammed for jeering Chinese ex-champ Zhang Weili

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Zhang Weili, who lost her UFC strawweight championship to Rose Namajunas at Saturday’s UFC 261, was targeted with a chorus of boos from the Florida crowd, apparently for no other reason than she hails from China.

The UFC’s first fight card to take place in front of a capacity crowd in more than a year was worth the wait. From title changes, to upsets, to stunning one-shot knockouts… and, well, whatever it was that happened to Chris Weidman’s leg, but one element from the evening which may have left a bad taste in some fight fans’ mouths was the not-so-warm welcome afforded to Zhang. 

Winner of 21 straight fights, Zhang was about as dominant a champion on the UFC roster before she walked into a high kick from Namajunas which ended her night – and her title reign – a little over a minute into the first round.

The lead-in to the fight had been notable for Namajunas’ comments in which she said “better dead than red” when describing her Chinese opponent, with the Lithuanian-American fighter highlighting that Zhang hails from a country under Communist rule – which might partly explain the reaction aimed at her by the capacity crowd.

Seriously. How much of a dumb f*ck do you have to be to boo Zhang because she is Chinese?” asked one fan online, with several other reactions in a similar suit.

Who dare boo Zhang Weili?” added another, before adding: “I boo you Florida, America sucks.”

Some alleged that the motivation behind the boos was nothing but “racist” – although there is always the explanation that as an American on home soil, Namajunas was always likely to get more crowd backing. 

For her part, Namajunas was keen to walk back her controversial Communist comments in her post-fight interview, telling the media that she has no personal quarrel with Zhang.

All that stuff that was the in the media, that was not my intent to ever personally attack her as a person,” Namajunas said. “It’s just my history and my past and that’s it.

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Zhang’s prior dominance in the women’s 115-pound fold will likely earn her an immediate rematch with Namajunas amid their developing rivalry.

I feel I can come back real quick,” Zhang said afterwards. “I was still conscious, the referee stopped it a little bit early.”

She, and most of the audience watching at home, will likely hope that any rematch doesn’t take place in Florida, though.

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