This performance earned Andrade a chance to win a belt in a second weight class, and she is perhaps Shevchenko’s most anticipated title defense since winning the belt against Joanna Jędrzejczyk at UFC 231. Shevchenko, however, is not at all disheartened by that of her opponent. credentials, while giving his skill set the proper respect.
“You have to treat each of your opponents as special,” Shevchenko said. “This is what we do. We watch her fights, we analyze what she does, and she definitely has the power – the power to throw, the power to do different things. She’s throwing wild punches all over the place, and yes, definitely from everything we see, we’re doing our training camp. At each training session we are working on different techniques that I have to work on, but the main goal is to get in 100% shape. This is number one because without it you will not be ready physically and mentally. It doesn’t matter what you do if you’re not 200% in the fight. It’s number one. “
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While Andrade is perhaps considered Shevchenko’s most menacing contender strictly because of her one-shot power as well as her own championship experience, Shevchenko doesn’t give much time or credibility to how this experience could help the Brazilian.
“Being human is what makes all the difference,” she said. “You think you’re going to have something like the best, but at the time of the fight something’s wrong and you don’t feel the way you are supposed to feel. That’s the biggest difference, and I certainly can’t say what she thinks, what she feels, but I can definitely say how I feel and what I think about the fight.
“I will approach this fight as no matter what, I will win this fight.”