UFC women’s flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko has responded to Henry Cejudo’s recent challenge to a first-ever inter-gender mixed martial arts bout.
Shevchenko became the queen of the flyweight class when she won the vacant strap last December after a unanimous decision win over Joanna Jedrezjcyk at UFC 231.
She has defended her UFC world title twice, following back-to-back wins against Jessica Eye and Liz Carmouche respectively.
In an unexpected turn of events, the 31-year-old fighter out of Kyrgyzstan received a callout from Cejudo right after her successful stint at UFC Fight Night 156 in Uruguay.
Cejudo, a UFC two-weight champion and an Olympic gold medalist, has been vocal about his desire to hunt for more golds and legends.
Currently, there has never been an MMA bout between a male and a female in the UFC.
Though it seems that ‘Triple C’ is seriously trying to make history, with him eyeing to be the first to participate in such a match.
Fans were initially sceptical with last month having Cejudo calling out Nunes as well. Today, not so much.
— Henry Cejudo (@HenryCejudo) August 11, 2019
In a bizarre video posted on his official Twitter account, Cejudo said he is jealous of Shevchenko being called by MMA fans as the most dominant champion in the planet.
“So I’m out here enjoying my beautiful Sunday in beautiful Las Vegas, but my phone just keeps blowing up; that somebody by the name of Valentina “Bullet” Shevchenko is the most dominant champion in the world,” Cejudo stated.
To this, he wants to dethrone the flyweight queen and become the first inter-gender champion in the UFC.
“And you know what? I get a little jelly because she has gold and I want that gold.”
“Valentina Shevchenko, I have a message for you. I am looking to become the first-ever intergender champion that this world has ever seen.”
“I’m calling you out. You can be the next to bend the knee to ‘Triple C.'”
— Valentina Shevchenko (@BulletValentina) August 13, 2019
It didn’t take long before Shevchenko respond to Cejudo’s challenge.
Speaking to Ariel Helwani in the recent edition of his MMA show, the flyweight queen said she is accepting the challenge as she is not afraid of anyone in the competition.
‘Bullet’ warns Cejudo that he might lose his golds forever.
“Be careful what you wish because he is the all gold hunter, but I can make it happen that he will lose all of his gold forever,”
“I don’t know because he is very insistent in this. But I say, be careful what you wish. Never, I am not afraid of anything.”
Cejudo is currently recovering from a shoulder injury he sustained from his title-defence fight against Marlon Moraes.
He is expected to miss the remainder of the year and will return to action in early 2020.
Shevchenko, meanwhile, might face the second-ranked flyweight, Katlyn Chookagian, who has won three out of four fights since returning to the flyweight class last year.
— Boxing News Now (@Boxing_NewsNow) August 13, 2019
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(Featured Image Source: Instagram/Valentina Shevchenko and Henry Cejudo)