VIDEO | Valentina Shevchenko says she’s ‘glad to fight someone who is really professional’

“I am glad to fight someone who is really professional. Because I’m so tired about this opponents who are not professionals who cannot make the weight and they are all trouble, bringing all trouble.

It’s making suffering [for] not only me, like opponent, all fans, all organization, and it’s like totally unprofessional and I would like to have more really responsible fighters inside of the organization.”

Valentina ‘Bullet’ Shevchenko will be returning to action this Saturday night at UFC 231 for the first time since February when she made her return to the flyweight division.

When she returns, she will be fighting for the vacant title as she takes on the former UFC strawweight queen, Joanna Jedrzejczyk.

Despite her still relatively short six-fight UFC career to this point, Valentina Shevchenko has had championship bouts canceled just a day before they were to be going down on two separate occasions.

The first being in her first title opportunity at bantamweight when she was to take on the champion Amanda Nunes at UFC 213. The second time being as recently as UFC 228 in September when Shevchenko was to face the inaugural 125-pound champion in Nicco Montano.

Both champions would be hospitalized on the days of their weigh-ins. For Nunes, it was due to chronic sinusitis while Montano had complications with her weight cut. The big difference between the two being that Nunes and Shevchenko would still go on to fight while Montano was instead stripped of her title.

For the former strawweight champion Jedrejczyk, this will be her first time back at flyweight since June 2017 where she had her last fight before entering the UFC.

Valentina Shevchenko vs Joanna Jedrzejczyk will be UFC 231’s co-main event of the evening and one that will decide the promotion’s second-ever flyweight champion. If Jedrejczyk wins, she’ll be the first ever female two win UFC titles in two different divisions.

This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 12/4/2018