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Fans will boo Valentina Shevchenko if she fights Rose Namajunas, says Sonnen

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Calendar Icon25 August 2022

Former UFC star Chael Sonnen believes that fans will boo Valentina Shevchenko if she goes up against Rose Namajunas.

Recently, Rose Namajunas opened up about the possibility of moving to Flyweight and fighting with Valentina Shevchenko. She noted that it is indeed a possibility that she will explore even though she is close to Shevchenko.

Sonnen has now weighed in on the situation and noted that this could be a good chance for Valentina Shevchenko to become the bad guy in a fight.

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“It's really easy to throw the smile on and do the dance and the whole thing when everything's going your way. Crowds cheering for you no matter how soft and quiet they're paying attention they're giving you your due no matter how much they just want you out of the ring so the main event,” he said on his recent YouTube Video.

Speaking further, Sonnen noted that Rose Namajunas would always come out of top if it was a popularity contest between Namajunas and Shevchenko.

“If you were in a popularity contest, Bullet vs. Rose. The bullet is coming in second. The crowd has never and will never no matter what happens boo Rose Namajunas. Crowd will root against her [Shevchenko]. They might not pick against her [Valentina Shevchenko], bet against her but they will boo her anyways,” he added.

Sonnen has been calling for Valentina Shevchenko to turn ‘heel’ for a long time now and points out that it would benefit her to become a bigger star.

However, whenever he has floated the idea, he has been shot down by fans claiming that MMA is not professional wrestling.

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Shevchenko is currently reigning on top of the UFC Flyweight division and had recently secured a win over Taila Santos.

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