Valentina Shevchenko is discrediting Erin Blanchfield’s win towards Jessica Andrade.
Blanchfield put the UFC ladies’s flyweight division on discover by securing a second-round submission towards Andrade. ‘Chilly Blooded’ is now ranked quantity three with an opportunity at combating for the title subsequent day trip.
Reigning flyweight queen Valentina Shevchenko joined James Lynch to debate the UFC Vegas 69 primary occasion and had this to say about Andrade probably not being absolutely ready:
“I’ve big doubts that Jessica even skilled for that struggle. I feel that she was like stress-free on the seashore in Brazil like good things with the household, after which, ‘oh my god, I’ve a name.’ [The UFC said] do you wanna struggle in a single week? She mentioned, ‘sure, why not? I want some cash,’ and he or she went in there.”
Blanchfield was initially presupposed to struggle Taila Santos earlier than the Brazilian pulled out as a result of visa points. In consequence, ‘Bate Estaca’ stepped up on brief discover and solely had per week to organize for the younger phenom. No matter Andrade’s preparation time, ‘Chilly Blooded’ beat a former world champion, additional validating her potential to win a UFC title sooner or later.
Watch Valentina Shevchenko talk about Erin Blanchfield under:
Valentina Shevchenko thinks Erin Blanchfield is just too inexperienced for a title struggle
Erin Blanchfield has been calling for a ladies’s flyweight title shot since her hand was raised towards Jessica Andrade. With Taila Santos and Manon Fiorot doubtless needing one other win earlier than combating for the throne, Blanchfield has a strong argument for a world championship alternative subsequent day trip.
Throughout the identical interview with James Lynch, Valentina Shevchenko had this to say about Blanchfield:
“Erin, she’s speaking an excessive amount of proper now, utilizing the chance to deliver her identify up and yeah, she’s younger. She’s form of like 23 years previous. That is what she has to do however I feel, for the title struggle, she remains to be inexperienced… For me, she appears to be like like slightly, comfortable pet.”
Shevchenko will defend her flyweight title towards Alexa Grasso at UFC 285 on March 4. If ‘Bullet’ emerges victorious, the probably title challenger at 125 kilos could be Blanchfield. There may be nonetheless a risk that the Kyrgyzstan native may transfer as much as 135 kilos for a trilogy struggle towards Amanda Nunes. Earlier than worrying about what’s subsequent, the 34-year-old shouldn’t overlook Grasso.