Coach Javier Mendez provides his tackle Valentina Shevchenko vs. Taila Santos

Valentina Shevchenko’s split-decision victory at UFC 275 has been the supply of a lot controversy and AKA Coach Javier Mendez was the most recent to weigh in. In episode 105 of The Schmozone podcast, coach Javier Mendez sat down with Dave Shmulenson (The Schmo) and Helen Yee. Mendez shared that he helps the speculation of the contender having to undeniably beat the champion in an effort to take the belt, stating:

“The champ is the champ and you got to really beat the champ I think, you can’t just edge it out like in boxing. You really got to beat the champ… based on that kind of theory, I think that they got it right.”

An attention-grabbing a part of Mendez’s opinion right here is that he categorizes this concept as a idea. The thought of getting to decidedly beat the champion is certainly a idea, as it’s nowhere inside the unified guidelines or judging standards. Chael Sonnen has spoken about this previously, calling this idea considered one of “MMA’s myths”. Although it’s only a idea or fantasy, this phenomenon is just not new. The Schmo went on to check the bout to Jones vs. Reyes, the place Jones was capable of defend his belt whereas seemingly solely profitable the championship rounds.

Regardless of whether or not it’s reality or fiction, Mendez confirmed us that this sentiment of taking the belt from the champion nonetheless carries weight.

You can watch everything of episode 105 of The Schmozone podcast beneath:


What does the most recent title protection imply for Valentina Shevchenko?

‘Bullet’ will get so as to add a seventh ruby to her championship belt after her newest efficiency. Firstly, this now places her streak of defending the belt amongst lively champions two defenses forward of the following closest champion, Kamaru Usman.

Seven consecutive defenses is the definition of domination, nonetheless, after the primary close-call of her title reign, instances might be altering. When Jon Jones almost misplaced his belt to Dominick Reyes, his aura of invincibility wavered. The similar might be mentioned about Shevchenko, as previous to this most up-to-date bout, she appeared just about unbeatable. These close-calls have an effect on folks in another way, but it surely might be potential that Shevchenko follows the identical trajectory as Jones.

Jones, after that close-call, started a transition to heavyweight and hasn’t fought since. Valentina, who has already tried transferring up earlier than, may see this as a chance to maneuver up once more. In reality, she has already talked about this as a chance on Ariel Helwani’s The MMA Hour present. This transfer would, after all, all be depending on if Julianna Peña is ready to defeat Amanda Nunez a second time. Regardless, Shevchenko’s newest protection has positively affected her aura and makes her subsequent bout much more intriguing.

You can watch Valentina’s interview with Helwani concerning a bantamweight title shot beneath:


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