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Dana White ‘Interested’ In Making Trilogy Bout Between Amanda Nunes, Valentina Shevchenko

Despite initially appearing reluctant to make a third pairing between the two, UFC president, Dana White seems to be more and more receptive to booking a trilogy matchup between two-weight champion, Amanda ‘The Lioness’ Nunes and flyweight queen, Valentina ‘Bullet’ Shevchenko should the two continue to run roughshod through their respective divisions.

Initially meeting back at UFC 196 in a non-title bout, Shevchenko suffered her first Octagon loss when pitted with Nunes, before scoring a title rematch with the Brazilian in September 2017.

Headlining UFC 215 in a bantamweight title showdown, Shevchenko battled over the course of five rounds with the Bahia native, once more dropping a judging loss, this time a close split decision defeat — with the mixed martial arts community largely torn between the victor of the bout.

In the time since, Kyrgyzstan native, Shevchenko has dominated the flyweight division, clinching the undisputed title and lodging five successful title defenses, and meets with the surging, Lauren Murphy this weekend at UFC 266.

For Nunes, the Brazilian is the promotion’s undisputed bantamweight and featherweight champion, successfully lodging a staggering further six victories in the time since her UFC 215 title defense against Shevchenko.

With the pair continuously proving themselves as distinct pack leaders in their division in each of their successful title knockbacks, fans have clamored for a third matchup between the two. However, promotional leader, White has maintained that the duo should carry forward with their own respective legacies.

Speaking with TSN reporter, Aaron Bronsteter ahead of UFC 266, White has changed his tune on a third bout between Shevchenko and Nunes, claiming that he would be “interested” in pairing the two for a third time, especially if Nunes overcomes challenger, Julianna Pena in December at UFC 269.

The more hungry people get (for Nunes vs. Shevchenko III), the more they want to see it, the more it makes me want to make it,” White said. “If (Valentina) wins and Amanda (Nunes) beats (Julianna) Pena and they’re both into it, I’m interested in talking about it.

As recent as May, off the back of her dominant ground strikes stoppage win over former strawweight champion, Jessica Andrade, Shevchenko expressed her interest in a matchup with Nunes again, claiming that a third fight was “inevitable“.

I just feel like it’s going to happen,” Shevchenko told MMA Fighting. “Without putting all this pressure to someone, Ok, let’s do it all now. It’s like everything good in a good time. That’s why it’s going to happen, I know for sure. Probably when time is perfect time for this fight. It’s going to happen. It’s like I cannot force someone like, Ok, let’s go fight me. If someone don’t want to fight, to have this fight, no one can force no one.

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An MMA fan since 2011 and covering the sport since 2016, Ross Markey has built himself into a top journalist in combat sports.

First catching on to MMA and the UFC in particular back when Brock Lesnar fought Shane Carwin, and even more so when he fought Alistair Overeem back in 2011, Ross really became enchanted with the sport from late-2013-2014 onwards.

He initially began covering MMA in tandem with football back in June 2016 just as he was finishing school. The first real event he covered on his own personal blog was UFC 200 in July of that year during international fight week. His content consisted of previews and event and results recaps. In between jobs, Ross produced content on the side before transitioning to a full-time position back in early 2019.

He initially started creating content on his own blog back in June of 2016, before becoming a staff writer, lead writer, and editor for websites such as MMA Motion, Combat Insiders, Fight Bananas, FightPost, Severe MMA, MMA Power Hour, FightBook MMA, LowKick MMA, and of course, Current MMA.

Back in 2019, Ross received the award Top Journalist of 2019 for FightBook MMA, before he was then promoted to the website's lead writer. Following a six-month period at MMA Power Hour, he was also employed as a junior editor for the company. Throughout his time in the industry, he has interviewed the likes of Colby Covington, Rhys McKee, Pedro Carvalho, Felicia Spencer, Eryk Anders, Jussier Formiga, Danni Neilan, Frans Mlambo, Alex Lohore, Blaine O'Driscoll, Modestas Bukauskas, Ross Houston, Jon Fitch, and Richie Smullen.

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  1. […] UFC president, Dana White has revealed that should Nunes overcome the Washington title challenger before the close of this year, he would be interested in discussing a trilogy bout between herself and Shevchenko. […]

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