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Valentina Shevchenko should turn heel, says Josh Thompson

LockerRoom Team
02 April 2022

Former UFC fighter Josh Thompson feels that UFC Flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko should turn heel.

Speaking at the “Weighing In” podcast recently, Thompson said that it would be good for business if fighters like Shevchenko became the bad guy in the story. He also compared the situation of Shevchenko with that of Demetrious Johnson.

“These types of fighters, they need to become heels, because then people want to see them lose and they tune in every single time to watch them lose. DJ (Demetrious Johnson) was the same way. But he couldn’t become a heel. He was just too nice of a guy,” he said (via BJ

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Valentina Shevchenko is all set to defend her UFC flyweight title at UFC 275 in Singapore when she fights Taila Santos. Thompson further went on to give his take on the fight as well.

“In terms of Shevchenko and Santos. You and I think the same say – tell me I’m wrong. Am I overlooking Santos, no. She’s just on a different level than any 125 pounders in the world. I’m interested in what the odds will be in this fight. I would say -900 and above for Valentina Shevchenko,” he added.

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Shevchenko has been unstoppable in the UFC Flyweight division for a long time now. She currently holds a professional MMA record of 22-3 to her name and is on an eight-fight winning streak at the moment.

Taila Santos, on the other hand, is 19-1 in her career at the moment and is on a four-fight winning streak right now.

What do you think will happen when Shevchenko fights Santos? Let us know in the comment section of the article below.


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