Zhang Weili anticipates future fight with Valentina Shevchenko, guarantees it will be ‘a banger’


Zhang Weili would like to test her skills against flyweight queen Valentina Shevchenko.

Currently for the second time as a UFC strawweight champion, Zhang is not only now the world’s best at 115 lbs, but is currently ranked #3 in MMA fighters. Two places ahead of her is Shevchenko, who currently has a streak of eight consecutive championships.

Zhang has fought all the top fighters in her division, so she’s excited about the prospect of moving up and fighting Shevchenko someday. And she is sure that the public will also like it.

“Yes. It’s a must,” Zhang said with the help of a translator Hour of MMA when asked if she was interested in fighting Shevchenko. “No questions.”

“I thought about it a couple of years ago,” she continued. “Eventually, we will face each other in the octagon because the weight classes are very close.

“I don’t know for sure if I will take the belt away from her, but I can guarantee one thing: if I and the champion get into the octagon, everything will be cool. It will be a great performance, no matter the result.”

Zhang hasn’t quite cleared the strawweight division yet – a two-fight streak with Rose Namajunas is currently 2-0 to Namajunas – but her dominant win at UFC 281 and a UFC title reclaim only increased interest in a potential superfight between Zhang and Shevchenko.

If Zhang continues to defend her title, at some point she may have no choice but to move up to flyweight to exploit new opportunities. If that happens, her goal is not just to compete, but to be a contender.

“Perhaps,” Zhang said. “Maybe we’ll see what the UFC says and then it will hang in the air. Hopefully I will fight at 125 pounds. I want to be great at 125, I don’t want to go out on the field just to be at 125.”

The Zhang-Shevchenko fight is sure to draw a lot of players into the UFC and will likely satisfy fans wondering which of the two most dominant women ever to compete in the octagon is the best.

Equally important to Zhang, she is looking forward to seeing how she fares against a fighter who has been almost untouchable for the past four years.

“Besides, since she is such a great martial artist, I want to go into the octagon with her to learn from her, to share the female fighting spirit, because she is one of the best in the world,” Zhang said. “My opponent adjusts to himself. My opponent is still me. It’s not about who I’m facing, it’s about who I am.”

Source: www.mmafighting.com