Tayla Santos gave Valentina Shevchenko a tough night in the office when they faced off for the flyweight title at UFC 275 in Singapore this June, and she’s been waiting for her next assignment ever since.
Santos was told immediately after the fight that she would have to go under the knife to fix her broken eye socket, thanks to a clash of heads with the champion. The injury could have changed the course of the fight, but she avoided surgery. Having been admitted to training for several months now, she remains on standby.
“We’ve been asking for fights over and over again – we’re actually asking for a rematch,” Santos told MMA Fighting. “Thiago [Okamura, manager] spoke to Mick [Maynard] and the UFC, told them that I was fine and training. They even said that Valentina fled. She asked them for fights, but not against me.”
According to the Brazilian talent, the UFC matchmaker “called in six or seven girls and no one agreed” to fight her.
“I train and wait, but it was hard to fight,” she said. “I wanted a rematch, but Valentina did not agree to it. Based on her social media, she’s just traveling.”
Santos won four consecutive UFC titles against Molly McCann, Roxanne Modafferi and Joanne Wood before losing to Shevchenko. She said she was not surprised by the champion’s alleged refusal to meet a second time.
“All the girls say Valentina is a monster, but I’ve been saying for a long time that she doesn’t have a ground game,” Santos said. “I have shown that there is no reason to be afraid [her]. I knew she wouldn’t agree to a rematch after that fight. I called her anyway, but I knew she wouldn’t risk losing the belt. She wouldn’t agree to a rematch with me after I showed she wasn’t a big deal. She’s scared.
Delighted to finally be part of the EA Sports UFC 4 game, Santos said she’s so eager to compete that she’s ready to step back into the octagon as early as December or even be a late addition to the UFC 283 roster in Rio de Janeiro. , Brazil, 21 January.
“I’m number two in the UFC so I would like to fight someone next to me,” Santos said. “I would like to fight No. 1, [Manon] Fiorot, or the one below me, [Katlyn] Chukagyan. People keep talking and talking about retired fighters, but no one says my name.”