Valentina Shevchenko has become a very dominant UFC champion and she’s shown no signs of slowing down. Her next title defense is against Taila Santos on Saturday where she is expected to get the job done again.

Valentina Shevchenko recently spoke about her dominance and revealed that some early choices she made helped her get to a high-level today. The UFC flyweight champion has always taken fighting very seriously.

“I was happy to figure out that all these other things are going to just distract from my goal,” Shevchenko said on a recent edition of The MMA Hour. “I discovered this pretty early and from that moment I was thinking ‘What do I want? What do I really want?’ And I knew that what I wanted was to be a fighter and to do in my career as much as I can. Just do what I like to do and I just got rid of all distractions — for now.”

“I know it’s not going to be forever,” said Shevchenko. “I just want to continue the same lifestyle that I have, that’s why I completely understand what I am doing, where is the limit and when I want to cross the limit.”

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The UFC flyweight champion likes to avoid coasting in her fights and is always looking for the finish. Valentina Shevchenko doesn’t like to get complacent as that’s how you lose fights and that will remain the same against Taila Santos.

“Sometimes when it happens (she doesn’t feel ‘into’ a fight) and you feel, ‘okay, it’s not going to happen. I feel comfortable. It’s a comfort zone. We’re just hanging around and I’m not tiring,’ but then you start to think, ‘If I would continue to fight like that, I will lose my belt. I will lose the fight. Do I agree with that and continue to do nothing just to be comfortable? No.’ And this is what pushes me every time,” said Shevchenko.