By Danielle DeVor
Valentina Shevchenko. I’ve been following her career since I first saw her fight on UFC on Fox 17. I tend to pay attention to Russian fighters since I took Russian in college, but that’s a side note.
Shevchenko has an aggressive style that is entertaining to watch. Her Muay Thai is top notch and I flat enjoy watching her fight.
Saturday, she faces Jessica Eye in her first defense of her Flyweight belt. With as a meandering path it took her to get a championship, I am very interested in how Saturday’s fight will go.
For a recap, Shevchenko started out in Bantamweight and when she faced Amanda Nunes and lost via split-decision, she was less than pleased and understandably so. Her response, change to the flyweight division, where she has dominated.
I’ve also been watching Jessica Eye since she appeared on Bully Beatdown and competed in the NAAFS. She’s a hell of a striker. And has a tendency to pick her opponents apart.
It remains to be seen what happens on Saturday, but my money is on Shevchenko.