Valentina Shevchenko vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk Set for Vacant Flyweight Title at UFC 231

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Former UFC strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk will battle Valentina Shevchenko in a showdown for the vacant flyweight championship at UFC 231 on Decmeber 8.

Shevchenko was scheduled to challenge Nicco Montaño for the UFC flyweight belt at UFC 228 earlier this month but Montaño never made it to the fight. UFC President Dana White subsequently stripped Montaño of the title after she was hospitalized due to “health concerns” during her weight-cut.

Shevchenko (15-3) is coming off of a second-round submission victory over Priscila Cachoeira in February. “Bullet” holds a 3-0 record against Jedrzejczyk from their days of competing in muay thai roughly a decade ago. She has earned notable UFC octagon victories over Sarah Kaufman, Holly Holm, and Julianna Peña.

Jedrzejczyk (15-2) is coming off of a unanimous decision win over Tecia Torres in July. Prior to defeating Torres, Jedrzejczyk dropped back-to-back losses against current UFC strawweight champion Rose Namajunas. She holds a record of 9-2 since joining the UFC in 2014.


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