Former UFC bantamweight title challenger and current flyweight title contender Valentina Shevchenko is coming off a thunderous beatdown of Priscila Cachoeira this past February. Since the win, Shevchenko is waiting on UFC women’s flyweight Nicco Montano to sign the bout, who has been on the shelf for several months due to series of injuries and illness. Last month Nicco announced she’s ready to take on No. 1 contender Shevchenko (15-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC) for Sept. 8 showdown, it’s been two weeks now nothing is official yet.
Valentina was speaking with MMAFighting at the UFC Performance Institute, hoping Montano signs the contract for UFC 228 fight. (Via MMAMania)
”I hope yes, because she said she’s ready for this date, as am I,” Shevchenko said. “And I hope she will go and do what she said. Already we had this case where she said once she’s ready for July 7th, and when the UFC said ‘Okay let’s do July 28th,’ giving her some extra days to recover and be in better shape, in that moment she said ‘No, even for July 28th I’m not ready and I need more time.’”
”Now she’s saying she’s ready for September 8th and I hope she will follow her words and when the UFC figures out what city UFC 228 will be in and sends us contracts, she will just sign and we’ll do our jobs. What we have to do, not only speaking or posting pictures or tweets saying ‘I’m ready for the date.’ Doing what we have to do: fight.”
If it would be my choice, I would have chosen to fight months ago,” she said. “We are fighters, we have to fight. We don’t just talk, we have to fight. And this is what I don’t like in this situation. I know I don’t have any other options but to wait. When the time comes, it will come and I will be ready for this time. I’m ready anyways any time because I’m never finished my training.”
The UFC 228 pay-per-view (PPV) event is set to go down on Saturday, September 8. As of now, UFC has yet to reveal a location and venue for this event.