AKIPRESS.COM - Flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko's net opponent will be Taila Santos at UFC 275 on June 11 in Singapore.
Ranked No. 1 at flyweight in the MMA Fighting Global Rankings and No. 1 in the MMA Fighting Pound-for-Pound Rankings, Shevchenko remains unbeaten since her move to 125 pounds, which came after an unsuccessful bid for the bantamweight title. Shevchenko has won eight consecutive flyweight fights including six straight title defenses, according to MMA Fighting.
Most recently, Shevchenko dispatched Lauren Murphy by fourth-round TKO at UFC 266 this past September.
As for Santos, she’ll get her first shot at UFC gold after winning four straight fights; her overall octagon record is 4-1. To secure the title shot, Santos needed less than one round to defeat Joanne Wood by rear-naked choke, which came one fight after she beat Roxanne Modafferi by unanimous decision. Now, Santos will face the tall task of attempting to dethrone Shevchenko, who is widely considered one of the most dominant champions in UFC history.
Shevchenko vs. Santos is the second title fight expected to take place at UFC 275 with light heavyweight champion Glover Teixeira also slated to face Jiri Prochazka.