“I don’t want to have to look on to someone,” Shevchenko said. “I’m not that kind of person. I do my own way in this world, and how I do it, it’s my own style. I’m not trying to pretend to be someone. No, it’s me. It’s me, and I hope that people will love it and probably will take this lifestyle for themselves, as well.”
If anything, Shevhcenko is a standard-setter, not only for the flyweight division, but for mixed martial artists as a whole. She said her mindset is something she has always carried with her, and she hopes to continue to keep the bar high for her weight class, which she believes holds the most potential in women’s MMA.
“I don’t know why people keep on saying that it’s very new or something like that,” she said. “If you see each fighter, top 10 contenders, even top 15 contenders, you can see how talented they are, what kind of good shows they can bring and, of course, everything was starting from the bantamweights, then the strawweights. They have more time, but if you see it realistically, flyweight, it’s much more interesting right now.”
Over the last few months, that has rung true as the likes of Jessica Andrade, Cynthia Calvillo, and Shevchenko’s opponent at UFC 255, Jennifer Maia, all made their bones in other weight classes before moving to flyweight.