Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Valentina Shevchenko booked for UFC 231

UFC 231 now is headlined by two title fights.

The promotion today announced a women’s flyweight title fight between champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk (14-2 MMA, 9-2 UFC) and Valentina Shevchenko (15-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC) for the Dec. 8 pay-per-view event, which takes place at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto.

The women’s flyweight title fight adds to UFC 231’s expected headliner, which features featherweight champ Max Holloway (19-3 MMA, 15-3 UFC) defending his belt against Brian Ortega (14-0 MMA, 6-0 UFC) .

It’s Shevchenko’s second crack at the women’s flyweight title after a scheduled title fight against Nicco Montano at UFC 228 was canceled when Montano suffered health complications due to a weight cut. The UFC subsequently stripped her of the title and earmarked Shevchenko for an immediate title shot.

Earlier this month, Jedrzejczyk expressed interest in facing Shevchenko despite earlier vows to stay in her longtime strawweight division. Before signing on, the once-dominant 115-pound champ said she needed a business meeting with the UFC.

In July, Jedrzejczyk outpointed Tecia Torres to get back in the win column after a pair of losses to champ Rose Namajunas that took the belt from her possession.

Shevchenko, meanwhile, made her 125-pound octagon debut against Priscila Cachoeira and delivered a thorough beatdown to get into title contention. She immediately hit a snag, however, when injuries and illness kept Montano from committing to a title shot.

Now, Shevchenko gets another shot, and both she and Jedrzejczyk get another chance to face each other. Shevchenko is 3-0 over Jedrzejczyk in kickboxing bouts, but Jedrzejczyk dismissed the relevance of their previous meetings.

With the addition, the latest UFC 231 card now includes:

  • Champ Max Holloway vs. Brian Ortega – for featherweight title
  • Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Valentina Shevchenko – for vacant women’s flyweight title
  • Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs. Gilbert Burns
  • Chad Laprise vs. Dhiego Lima
  • Antonio Carlos Junior vs. Elias Theodorou
  • Kyle Bochniak vs. Hakeem Dawodu
  • Devin Clark vs. Aleksandar Rakic
  • Nina Ansaroff vs. Claudia Gadelha

For more on the UFC 231, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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