LAS VEGAS – Former champion Valentina Shevchenko adopts a ruthless mindset as she gears up to reclaim her coveted belt. It’s a high-stakes showdown as Shevchenko squares off against Alexa Grasso in a highly anticipated immediate rematch for the UFC women’s flyweight title. The stage for this epic clash is set at T-Mobile Arena as part of the thrilling Noche UFC event.
Shevchenko (23-4 MMA, 12-3 UFC) had to relinquish her title to Grasso (16-3 MMA, 8-3 UFC) back in March, succumbing to a fourth-round submission at UFC 285. But Shevchenko is no stranger to adversity and thrives on the pursuit of redemption.
Analyzing the first encounter, Shevchenko asserts that she was in control for the majority of the fight, except for a crucial moment in the fourth round. However, Shevchenko’s dedication to improvement has led her to a point where she no longer needs to revisit the past.
“Watching the fight back, I would say I was winning all the fight from first to the third round, except the last moment of the fourth round,” Shevchenko said. “And another thing, right now my mindset and my focus, I don’t go back to March. I don’t go back and think about what happened there. I did it already. I did it in my training camp. I did it for all these months.”
“Right now, I’m a person who’s motivated to get rid of that feeling back then in March. I’m determined on what I have to do this Saturday. That’s my mindset. I don’t watch back. Everything I had to take from the fight I took. Now it’s strong energy, positive energy, no mercy. Go to the end.”
For Shevchenko, there’s no room for sentimentality in her current position. She’s laser-focused on the task at hand, aware that in the world of combat sports, there’s no time for dwelling on the past. She sums it up succinctly: “I have no choice for any sentimental things. I have no time for that. It’s a fight. In this fight, I have to just go without any step back, always forward.”
Come Saturday night, it’s not just a title Shevchenko is chasing; it’s redemption, and she’s ready to leave it all in the Octagon.