UFC rival calls Valentina Shevchenko greatest Flyweight ever and is ready to serve as backup

Valentina Shevchenko is the UFC Women's Flyweight champion
Valentina Shevchenko celebrates her win over Julianna Pena in the women's Bantamweight division (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

UFC rival Lauren Murphy thinks Valentina Shevchenko is the greatest flyweight ever

Valentina Shevchenko is quite arguably one of the finest female wrestlers that the sport of MMA has seen. She is currently the UFC flyweight champion.

And one of her UFC rivals, Lauren Murphy, called her the greatest female flyweight ever. Murphy asked the fans who would win the UFC 261 title fight between ‘Bullet’ and Jessica Andrade.

A fan replied saying Shvechenko is a force to be reckoned with, to which ‘Lucky’ replied by saying that the Kyrgyzstani fighter is the greatest female fighter in her division.

Shevchenko has never lost a UFC fight at flyweight and has defended the belt 4 times since winning at UFC 231. She lost twice to Amanda Nunes at bantamweight but seems untouchable at 125 lbs.

Valentina Shevchenko aims for 5th consecutive defence of UFC flyweight belt

Bullet will defend her belt for the fifth time in a row when she takes on #1 contender ‘Bate Estaca’ at UFC 261.

Murphy was also asked by a fan if she would be willing to serve as a backup to the fight. She is currently the #3 ranked female flyweight in UFC.

UFC flyweight fighter Valentina Shevchenko during the UFC 247 ceremonial weigh-in.
UFC flyweight fighter Valentina Shevchenko during the UFC 247 ceremonial weigh-in. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

The tweet mentioned that if Valentina did not make the fight, Andrade and Murphy could fight to be #1 contender, and if Bate Estaca pulled out, Lucky would get a title shot.

She predictably replied by saying that she definitely would. She even mentioned Dana White and cited her TUF success to highlight that she would be up for this opportunity.

Murphy highlighted that she would be ‘training like crazy’ in such a scenario. It is clear that she wants to be the backup fighter for this title bout, but it remains to be seen if that is formalized by the promotion.

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