UFC: Valentina Shevchenko Wants To Live On Dana White’s Fight Island
While we’ve seen several UFC champions take long breaks between title defences, the same can’t be said for Valentina Shevchenko. The UFC women’s flyweight champion has defended her belt three times in the last year. Most recently at UFC 247 back in February, where she defeated Katlyn Chookagian via third round TKO.
However, with the global coronavirus pandemic screeching the whole sporting world to a complete standstill, including several UFC cards, Shevchenko could be concerned that her next title fight would have to wait.
But not if Dana White’s Fight Island works out. Speaking to MMA Fighting, Shevchenko shared her thoughts on the Fight Island.
“It’s such a great idea, from the first second I heard about it I was like, ‘I would definitely be there,” she said. “I want to fight on the island, I want to train there…I want to live there! I want to spend my time there, definitely.
“I love to do my training camps in places that are more suited for the climate and if I have to fight on the island, why can I not train there? It would probably be great to have a training camp there and then fight there…and then stay a little bit of extra time after to recover. How does that sound? For me, it sounds great!”
Although there is still no further information on Dana’s Fight Island, except that it exists and that he has been working on it for some time, Shevchenko was asked about the possibility of her next fight happening at that location.
“Yes, it could be,” she replied. “If this is a possibility, I would be more than glad to do the fight there, definitely.”
Valentina Shevchenko is currently recovering from a leg injury, which took her out of the title defence with Joanne Calderwood. This had been scheduled for UFC 251, in Perth, Australia on June 6th, before the coronavirus pandemic put the world on lockdown.
“This is what the doctors told me, the end of August, and I’ll probably have to rush things a little bit for that [to happen] at the end of August. I think that’s a real date for my return, it’s just that I have to work a lot.”