Valentina Shevchenko recently climbed to the top position in the UFC pound for pound rankings for women. The reigning UFC Flyweight champion has been unstoppable for quite a long time now and ONE Championship star Colbey Northcutt feels that Shevchenko is one of the best MMA athletes ever.
Colbey revealed the same during her recent interview with ONE Championship and said that Shevchenko was an influence on her.
“You know, who I think is one, not to say like, I could take her anything, but just out of a total respect level and I think that she’s probably one of the best MMA athletes ever, is Valentina Shevchenko. She’s so incredibly well-rounded. I love watching her fights.” Northcutt said.
Colbey further went on to add that she has been following the career of Shevchenko for a long time.
“Before she was even really doing MMA, I was watching her. And the transition from Legacy to the UFC has just been phenomenal. I’m more of like, in awe with her and her skill set. So she’s somebody that like, I highly respect and look up to as an athlete. A lot of champions are very good, a lot of athletes are very good in one area. She’s incredibly well rounded in every area. Where she really does not have a lot of weaknesses, a lot of holes in her game period.” she added.
When asked about a potential match against Shevchenko, Colbey went on layout her game plan as well.
“I do obviously have the size and reach advantage and then I obviously have the height advantage too. So I have a little bit of reach in my striking and I just try to have to avoid her clinch, which is phenomenal. Then she’s obviously very good on the ground too. So I mean, I think my strategy would be to stay really long. Stay at the end of my punches, not let her get on the inside and grab me in a way and avoid her kicks.” she concluded.
A former Karate World Champion, Colbey has been on an impressive run in ONE Championship so far and is currently 2-0 in the promotion. What are your thoughts on the comments from Colbey? Let us know in the comment section of the article below.