Valentina Shevchenko has responded to those who criticised her performance in her dominant UFC Uruguay headlining victory over Liz Carmouche.
On whole, Shevchenko’s performance was one that displayed her technical prowess to its fullest but even still, once the fight had concluded, there were many who voiced their belief that the fight was a boring one.
In a recent interview, the reigning women’s flyweight champion responded to these criticisms – citing her professional approach and the very fresh memories of her stunning head-kick knockout of Jessica Eye two months ago.
“First of all, of course I’m happy with my victory. I’m very happy to have the belt here and not somewhere else. My opponent, she has her strategy for the fight. She wanted to put me under her game and my goal was not to be [caught] by her game and put my game on top of her.
“My goal was to not give one moment to her and put my game on top of hers. This is what I was doing.”
“They still have a fresh memory about the knockout [against Jessica Eye] two months ago. They wanted to see the knockout but as I said inside the Octagon, sometimes you do the knockout, sometimes you don’t. It’s not the way to be upset or whatever.
“I think if all fans, people will start to watch more carefully the fight, they will see very beautiful technique and timing and speed and this is all about martial arts. Not only about crazy exchanges, you can be hit or you can lose much more because as I said, you have the belt or you don’t.”
It’s certainly an indicator of her immense dominance atop the division that the fight was as one-sided as it was and now, with the division still very much in its early days, finding a suitable challenge for The Bullet will become increasingly difficult and judging by last night’s performance, she seems to be showing no signs of slowing down.
Whether the future holds a third showdown with bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes is anyone’s guess but now, considering Shevchenko’s recent form, the allure of such a contest would no doubt be greater than ever.