Morning Report: Henry Cejudo picks Valentina Shevchenko in trilogy fight Amanda Nunes: ‘She’s improved a lot’

Having reclaimed her two-time champion status, Amanda Nunes could be heading for another familiar face.

Last weekend’s UFC 277 saw ‘The Lioness’ toying with her prey as she predicted, now defeating former bantamweight champion Julianna Pena as a stalwart in post in their rematch of the main event. Nearly finishing Pena three times in the second round, Nunes continued to dominate the second half of the fight with his grappling and hard grounding and striking, slicing through “The Venezuelan Vixen”‘s forehead.

The 10th UFC title-winning performance was a stark reminder that Nunes is one of the greatest fighters of all time, regardless of gender, and very few could catch him on a night off . Obviously, Pena managed to make the most of it when they first met, but years before, flyweight queen Valentina Shevchenko arguably should have been the one to dethrone Nunes.

Himself a former double champion, Henry Cejudo thinks that a third fight would finally be that of Shevchenko to win.

“For the third fight I’m actually going to go Valentina Shevchenko just for the simple fact that Valentina has improved a lot and she’s the younger fighter I believe and she’s a smaller fighter,” said Cejudo on his podcast. The Triple C & Schmo Show. “Going up is actually better than going down. Because if you’re struggling to put on 135 pounds, she’s going to feel really good.

A split decision loss to Shevchenko in her 2017 Nunes rematch took her to 125 pounds shortly after, and she was as dominant as anyone could hope for. Seven straight title defenses later, and the desire for a trilogy fight between the two is hotter than ever despite “The Bullet” being 0-2 in the series.

“Knowing Valentina, she likes to fight, she’s on a quest to do amazing things,” Cejudo said. “I don’t think she’s married or in a relationship, she’s literally married to the game and that also makes someone extremely dangerous. Amanda now has a child, a wife, and I’m not saying that stuff to you. is holding back, but time is given Especially me now as a dad, it’s like recovery time or I have to go home, X, Y and Z… I think it’s time to do it. do (the trilogy) because they’re both getting up there in age too. So if they want to get there, I’m saying they do it in the next six months and the people know who the queen is pound for pound.

While Nunes recently saw her long reign of terror momentarily cut short in December 2021, Shevchenko also came closer in her latest appearance.

Loaded up with Brazil’s Taila Santos at UFC 275 in June, Shevchenko was forced to dig deep into what was undeniably her most competitive flyweight fight to date. Ultimately resulting from a split decision by Shevchenko, the champ struggled with Santos’ grapples in the first half of the fight only to rally late after a broken eye socket hampered Santos’ vision starting midway through the third round. Either way, many onlookers felt that Santos did enough to earn the win and deserved an instant rematch. She is currently recovering after undergoing surgery on the injury.

“I think Shevchenko owes Taila Santos a rematch and Taila Santos needs to speak out,” Cejudo said. “She needs to raise her voice. If you go the whole humble route, you won’t get that title shot. She has to ask for that fight because that other fight, I really thought Taila Santos had the edge over Valentina Shevchenko. I’m not the only one.

“I think she comes back with Taila Santos as it should and then she goes up and she fights Amanda Nunes for the third time.”

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The walkout.

Always teasing.

Fights + smiles.

Flex on them.


On notice.

He is.

Feed Guram.

Tony Bob.

Okay, Dan, we see you.

Chad Costa.

Another year, another Diaz.

To Vegas.



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