Dana White names next title challenger for Valentina Shevchenko

Valentina Shevchenko, Conor McGregor
Image: Valentina Shevchenko on Instagram (@byritos @mila_makhetova @marchyn)

On Saturday night, after spoiling the UFC debut of former KSW star Ariane Lipski, Scottish flyweight contender Joanne Calderwood made a callout of fellow contender Jessica Eye. According to UFC President Dana White, however, Eye will likely be given the next shot at new UFC women’s flyweight champ Valentina Shevchenko — meaning Calderwood is out of luck for the moment.

“I think Eye is next,” White said after Saturday night’s UFC Brooklyn card (via MMAjunkie)

Valentina Shevchenko last fought in the co-main event of UFC 231 on December 8 in Toronto, Canada, where she defeated former UFC strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk to capture the vacant flyweight belt. In her next most recent fight, she thrashed the outmatched
Priscila Cachoeira to a stoppage in her UFC flyweight debut. Her last loss occurred in September of 2017, when she lost a close decision in a bantamweight title fight with Amanda Nunes. Valentina Shevchenko is 16-3 overall.

Jessica Eye, meanwhile, is 14-6 overall. Since returning to the flyweight division, she’s gone 3-0, defeating Kalindra Faria, Jessica-Rose Clark, and most recently, Katlyn Chookagian. This success in the flyweight division was preceded by a quartet of losses in the bantamweight division.

Do you think a Jessica Eye vs. Valentina Shevchenko fight is the fight to make?

This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 1/21/2019.