Amanda Nunes after UFC 277: Valentina Shevchenko trilogy 'would be awesome'

DALLAS - Amanda Nunes welcomes a trilogy with Valentina Shevchenko after winning once again at UFC 277.

Nunes (22-5 MMA, 15-2 UFC) avenged her surprise upset loss to Juliana Pea (11-5 MMA, 7-3 UFC) with a major unanimous decision victory in Saturday's headliner at the American Airlines Center.

Re-assumption of his throne opens up all options for "The Lioness" going forward, and he later said he's not sure what's next.

"Let me see," Nunes told reporters, including MMA junkies, after the fight at UFC 277. "I don't know yet. Let's see what I'm going to do. Talk to Dana (White) to see."

Nunes was asked to name Shevchenko in a follow-up question, and she immediately warmed to it. The pair have previously fought twice, with Nunes winning a non-title bout at UFC 196 in March 2016, then a 135-pound title fight at UFC 215 in September 2017 - both on the scorecard.

Soon after Nunes' victory, Shevchenko took to social media and accused his opponent of "copying" some of his striking techniques in his victory over Pea.

Nunes found that comment comical, and reminded Shevchenko how close she was to a split decision win over Tala Santos at UFC 275 in June.

"Valentina, she lost her last fight," Nunes said. "I think if Tayla didn't get that head butt, that fight might have gone differently."