UFC women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes is eager to prove her dominance over Valentina Shevchenko for a second time.
The pair are set to face off at UFC 213 this Saturday at the T-Mobile Arena in what will be Nunes’ second defence of her title.
Nunes and Shevchenko last met at ufc 196 last March, where the Brazilian earned a unanimous decision win despite a late flurry of blows by Shevchenko.
“Valentina is a pretty tough opponent, but I really know everything she’s going to bring that night,” a confident Nunes told MMA Junkie.
“She had two fights, she comes with two big wins, but she’s the same fighter since we fought. She didn’t evolve in anything, she didn’t change anything. But it’s good, because she comes off two big wins and that’s good.”
Shevchenko’s strong showing near the end of the three round fight last year proved somewhat that she has the engine to go the five round distance in Nevada on Saturday.
But Nunes, who is yet to go five rounds in MMA, is confident she will notch up another victory over the Russian.
“I beat her already….nothing’s going to change it,” she continued.
“The only thing that’s going to change is that this is going to be over Saturday – because I will beat her clean. [Whether] I knock her out, submit her, go five rounds, I will clean this, to get over this.
“I’d love to get a finish, but MMA sometimes is not the way you planned. If we go to five rounds, I will be good. As long as I beat her, clear, it’s going to be awesome.”