VALENTINA SCHEVCHENKO says she is ready to fulfil her destiny and face Amanda Nunes in a blockbuster trilogy fight.
The reigning UFC women’s flyweight champ has suffered two of her three career losses at the hands of Nunes.
But 33-year-old Shevchenko has insisted she is ready to face her Brazilian rival for a third time, in what would be the biggest fight in women’s MMA history.
She told TMZ Sports: "I think if destiny puts this fight in front of us, most of us are going to do it.
“I'm kind of focused very much on my flyweight division and I just want to be a better fighter.
“When [the third fight's] going to happen, I'm here."
The pair have met twice before – Nunes claiming victory by unanimous decision in 2016 and via a split decision in 2017.
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Victory for Nunes in the re-match was far from clear-cut and many thought Shevchenko did enough to take the win.
The Kyrgyzstani-born Peruvian has notched seven straight victories since that defeat at UFC 215.
But Nunes has an even more impressive record and has not lost since 2014 – the most dominant spell in women’s combat sports.
Nunes, also 33, has exhausted potential challengers at bantamweight and featherweight, and next faces Julianna Pena in what looks to be a huge mismatch.
Shevchenko‘s next bout comes on September 25 at UFC 266 against another heavy underdog – the 38-year-old veteran Lauren Murphy.
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