Former UFC women’s strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk was expected to square off with Valentina Shevchenko for the promotions vacant flyweight title at UFC 231 this December in Toronto.
That all changed earlier tonight when ESPN’s Brett Okamoto broke the shocking news that Shevchenko was now set to headline November’s UFC 230 event in New York opposite Sijara Eubanks for the promotions vacant women’s flyweight title.
BREAKING: Valentina Shevchenko vs. Sijara Eubanks for the vacant flyweight tile will headline UFC 230 on Nov. 3 in Madison Square Garden, per multiple sources.
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) October 2, 2018
“BREAKING: Valentina Shevchenko vs. Sijara Eubanks for the vacant flyweight tile will headline UFC 230 on Nov. 3 in Madison Square Garden, per multiple sources.” – Brett Okamoto
UFC 230 was in desperate need of a main event, but the Shevchenko vs. Eubanks booking still comes as a huge surprise. Especially after so much excitement had spawned from the news that “The Bullet” and Joanna Jedrzejczyk were slated to square off in December.
The former strawweight queen was clearly as surprised as any by tonight’s news. Jedrzejczyk first reacted to the news on Instagram in Conor McGregor-like fashion.
— Farah Hannoun (@Farah_Hannoun) October 2, 2018
“Who the f***…?”
No word yet from the promotion on whether or not Joanna Jedrzejczyk will remain on December’s UFC 231 fight card in Toronto.
Meanwhile, Valentina Shevchenko was last seen in action this February, where she scored a spectacular second-round submission win over Priscila Cachoeira. That fight served as Shevchenko’s flyweight debut and improved her overall record to 15-3.
“The Bullet” was expected to square off with the promotions inaugural flyweight champion Nicco Montano at UFC 228. However, Montano was forced out of that fight due to illness and was eventually stripped of her title.
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