Tatiana Suarez hopes winning streak solidifies UFC title shot but doesn’t mind another fight

BOSTON – Tatiana Suarez thinks she’s done enough for a shot at UFC gold.

The unbeaten contender has notched two finishes since returning from her injury layoff – a submission of Montana De La Rosa at flyweight, and a submission of former strawweight champion Jessica Andrade earlier this month.

UFC strawweight champion Zhang Weili (24-3 MMA, 8-2 UFC) retained her title in a dominant performance against Amanda Lemos this past Saturday at UFC 292. Weili said she’s open to facing either Suarez (10-0 MMA, 7-0 UFC) or Yan Xiaonan next.

“I’m hoping to get the title shot,” Suarez told reporters, including MMA Junkie, during a media scrum. “I just hope that I’m next. I have a seven-fight win streak right now in the UFC, so I’m hoping that can solidify. I know I had a layoff, but still, seven fights in a row.”

If Suarez isn’t next, she’s willing to take one more fight – preferably against a notable name.

“I don’t mind fighting again,” Suarez said. “I always like to fight. I like to fight anybody, but I definitely want to fight the bigger names, people that have either fought for titles or been title holders. That’s the only reason why I kept asking for Rose (Namajunas) because obviously she was a champion.

“Not that I have anything – they’re like, ‘You keep calling her out.’ No, I just want to fight the best of the best because that just shows that you’re the best when you beat them. So it’s like, why wouldn’t you want that challenge?”

Story originally appeared on MMA Junkie