UFC women’s flyweight champion Nicco Montano defends her belt for the first time in the co-main event of UFC 228 on Saturday night. Shevchenko is a better than 10-1 favorite, but that does not change her attitude in the least.
“I put every opponent in the same category,” explained Shevchenko to Damon Martin for MMA Weekly. “I will not compare names because it’s not right. Personally, I’m not divided about this kind of opponent or that kind of opponent. I put everybody on the same line. … You cannot be relaxed, not one time. Never. It doesn’t matter what kind of opponent you have in front of you.”
“The one thing is she’s holding the belt and that says everything about her. Because someone who doesn’t have enough experience will not hold the belt, will not win [TUF] because it was not just two girls in that show, it was 16 girls with high-level opponents she was fighting.”
“It’s bad when you underestimate your opponent and it’s also bad when you estimate her too much. … So we are giving her the right credit for her style and her technique.”
“I will not be relaxed until I’ve done my job and I’ve won the fight.”