Most UFC champions have in their contract that they have to fight on pay-per-view. Yet, women’s flyweight champion, Valentina Shevchenko put in her contract that she could fight on any card.
Why Shevchenko decided to do that is simple. Although she is giving up PPV points, she wants to remain active and that is the best way to do so.
“I’m a person who wants to compete more often and as much as I can,” Shevchenko told MMA Junkie at UFC 247 media day. “That’s why, when I signed my new agreement with UFC, one of the things I asked is to be able to compete not only in pay-per-views, but also in different events of UFC to be able to compete more often. So, for me, the more often I compete, the more happy I am.”
Even though Valentina Shevchenko would have more eyes on her if she fought on PPV’s as well as getting more money she doesn’t care.
“This mentality came from very, very far away,” Shevchenko said. “I was growing up with this idea that it doesn’t matter what you are doing. The most important is the journey and what you get through this. Of course when you get more money it’s a great thing. What I think about money is it gives you certain freedom in your actions.
“I don’t want to spend money on buying car, I don’t want to spend money buying houses or things. I want to spend money on my travels, to invest in myself, to learn more, to get more knowledge for exploring new things.”
In the end, Valentina Shevchenko just wants to remain the flyweight champion. At UFC 247, she plans on putting a spectacular performance and is confident she will earn a finish.
“I am ready for this fight with all my 100 percent,” Shevchenko said. “I’m ready to do anything that I should do. I will see the moment to finish the fight by KO or submission or whatever.”