UFC women’s flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko will have her second fight this year when she takes on Joanne Calderwood for the flyweight championship. ESPN’s Brett Okamoto reports that Shevchenko and Calderwood have agreed to fight for the flyweight championship at UFC 251 on June 6.
Breaking: Valentina Shevchenko’s (@BulletValentina) next title defense will come against Joanne Calderwood (@DRkneevil) at UFC 251 on June 6. Both sides have agreed to the fight, per sources. More details coming to ESPN shortly. pic.twitter.com/PkjiYdnn0D
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) February 20, 2020
Shevchenko is coming off of a TKO win over Katlyn Chookagian at UFC 247 on February 8. She became the flyweight champion by defeating Joanna Jedrzejczyk by unanimous decision at UFC 231 on December 8, 2018, and has had a stronghold on the division since. On a five-fight win streak, Shevchenko has shown to be one of the best in MMA today and looks more dominant from each fight. Shevchenko will defend the flyweight championship for the fourth time when she faces Calderwood.
Calderwood is looking to continue her momentum she is on after defeating Andrea Lee by unanimous decision at UFC 242 on September 7, 2019. She is three for four since moving to flyweight. Calderwood is ranked third in the flyweight division and will get her chance to fight for a UFC championship for the first time.
The venue for UFC 251 and the rest of the card has yet to be announced.