This...As stated a million times by myself, if the last TUF was any indication of her challengers, 125 is gonna be Valentina's belt forever possibly until some Bellator contracts run out.Plane and simple Nicco is not on the same level as Valentina, she would get slaughtered very badly, possibly worse then the kid that the UFC fed to her last. Nicco would have to be at her best and Valentina at her worst and Valentina is always at her best. If she were to pull a win against Valentina then it would possibly be the upset of the year.
Joanna is actually very close to the same weight as Valentina, she just cuts a lot more weight to fight in a lower weight class. Joanna's in cage weight is around 130-132 so her walk around weight is likely around 135 or so. Valentina's walk around weight is 135-136. Back when Shevchenko made her UFC debut I thought Joanna could give her a close fight or even pull off the win, problem now is Valentina's had time to adapt her style to MMA so she's back to having the advantage. Valentina's timing, distance control, and clinch game is just too good, Joanna will get her volume shut down, get hit with cleaner strikes, and get controlled in the clinch.Joanna would probably give her a run for her money but they are clearly different weights and that would probably mean that Valentina wins. Also I would think that Jennifer Maia would be a challenge for Valentina and to be honest I don't see how the Bellator fighters can hold a candle to her.
I think the UFC will take them. They just built a division and now that Valentina is in it they're going to need some real "challengers." I feel most of the girls on the last TUF we're, for a lack of better words, rookies. And you have Roxy sitting at 3 or 4 and what do you think would happen in that fight if she ever got it... Shevchenko is gonna Ronda the entire current roster IMO.I'm surprised that KGB has been outside the UFC for so long. And I agree they need to get Jennifer Maia but I don't think Bellator is going to let any of their girls go anytime soon.
They had 3 fights in Muay Thai with Shevchenko winning all of them. Valentina is just the better fighter, she ran out of opponents in MT & kickboxing so she came over to MMA to beat up more chicks.So in their Maui Thai match was Valentina just the better fighter or did she just get the best over Joanna in that particular encounter?