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Ronda Rousey Next Fight: Valentina Shevchenko Wants Some Of 'Rowdy' [VIDEO]

Mike Smollins
By Mike Smollins @MikeSmollins
on Jul 27, 2016 11:43 AM EDT
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With Holly Holm out of the way, Valentina Shevchenko knows what she wants next.

Shevchenko defeated the former UFC women's bantamweight champion on Saturday at "UFC on Fox 20," and now she's focused on moving on and having other fights.

The Ukraine native made it clear she wants a bout with Ronda Rousey, who hasn't appeared in the Octagon since her loss to Holm at UFC 193 in November. "Rowdy" has been taking her time to recover emotionally and physically, but should be back in the MMA realm again soon.

Shevchenko said she isn't afraid to face Rousey, but she also has her sights set on Amanda Nunes, who recently defeated Miesha Tate for the title. Nunes has previously defeated Shevchenko by unanimous decision back in March, but she's ready for a rematch in the Octagon.

"I know it will be a very difficult fight for her," Shevchenko told TMZ Sports. "I want it. I want it very much."

A bout with Nunes could be just as compelling as a fight with Rousey if the UFC were to sanction it. Rousey's loss to Holm was her first in the UFC and ended her 1,073-day reign as women's bantamweight champion.

After her first-ever defeat, Rousey went on a downward spiral and even said she had suicidal thoughts, but got through it with the help of her boyfriend, fellow UFC fighter Travis Browne.

Plenty of people have voiced their desire to fight Rousey in the Octagon, including Cris "Cyborg" Justino, who took aim at her recently.

"Ronda Rousey, after her last fight, she lost [and] she [didn't] come back to fight again," Justino told TMZ Sports in May. "I think she's trying to recover [from] the loss. I've been waiting when she [is] ready to fight me, we could fight. Ronda, don't be scared, you know? [Don't] be behind your pillow."

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