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Valentina Shevchenko on Amanda Nunes: “She’s not a good person”

UFC bantamweight and featherweight champion Amanda Nunes will defend her title tonight in the main event of UFC 289.  Former UFC flyweight champ Valentina Shevchenko, a former foe of the champ-champ, spoke with CBS Sports’ Shakiel Mahjouri ahead of the fight to get her reaction to recent comments made by the Brazilian mixed martial artist.

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Valentina Shevchenko reacts to Amanda Nunes suggesting she’s past her prime, has holes in her game, and that the trilogy is dead:

“I think this fight is still going to happen,” Shevchenko told CBS Sports. “The number one step is taking my belt back.

“I can definitely say the same thing about her fight with Julianna Pena. I feel like she’s trying to put everyone down and take away the respect they deserve. I feel it’s not good. Being a professional, being a martial artist, you have to give credit to everyone. Seeing things like this just shows what kind of person she is. She’s not a good person it looks like.”

Valentina Shevchenko on letting greatness get to her head:


“Being the champion for a long time, you get used to it,” Shevchenko said. “Everyone is saying you’re the greatest and you’re the best. You take it even if you don’t want to listen. Your brain takes it. Now it’s back to the roots. Back to how you started. To be fierce and angry like you were at the beginning. They can study me all day long. All year long. They will actually take nothing from that. Yes, she can repeat a sequence and take a chance opportunity, but I won’t give her any chances in our next fight.”


Full timestamps:


0:00 – Teaser

0:09 – Intro

0:45 – Keep 2, Drop 1: Dancing, Fighting, Firing

1:37 – Timeline for Grasso vs Shevchenko 2

2:52 – Grasso vs. Shevchenko finished

4:00 – GOAT status

5:25 – Nunes vs Shevchenko trilogy and disrespect

7:16 – Travelling Rapidfire

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