Valentina Shevchenko (fighter)

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Valentina Shevchenko
Valentina Shevchenko 2014.jpg
Born Valentina Shevchenko
(1988-03-07) March 7, 1988 (age 30)
Frunze, Kirghiz SSR, Soviet Union (now Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan)
Native name Валентина Шевченко
Other names Bullet[1]
Nationality Kyrgyzstani and Peruvian
Height 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Weight 125 lb (57 kg; 8.9 st)
Division Bantamweight (MMA)
Flyweight (MMA)
Lightweight (Kickboxing)
Reach 67 in (170 cm)
Style Muay Thai, Taekwondo, Boxing, Judo
Stance Southpaw
Fighting out of Lima, Peru
Team Tiger Muay Thai[2]
Gracie Barra Texas [3]
Trainer Pavel Fedotov
Rank 2nd dan black belt and Master of Sports in Taekwondo[4]
International Master of Sports in Muay Thai[4]
Master of Sports in Boxing[4]
Master of Sports in Kickboxing[4]
Black belt[5] and Master of Sports in Judo[4]
Years active 2000[6]–present
Professional boxing record
Total 2
Wins 2
Losses 0
Kickboxing record
Total 58
Wins 56
By knockout 4
Losses 2
Draws 0
Mixed martial arts record
Total 18
Wins 15
By knockout 4
By submission 7
By decision 4
Losses 3
By knockout 1
By decision 2
Other information
University University of Arts Kyrgystan[4]
Notable relatives Antonina Shevchenko (sister)
Boxing record from BoxRec
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Valentina Shevchenko (Russian: Валентина Анатольевна Шевченко; born (1988-03-07)March 7, 1988) is a KyrgyzstaniPeruvian professional mixed martial artist and former Muay Thai fighter. Shevchenko competes in the women's flyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). As of July 26, 2018, she is #1 in the official UFC flyweight rankings.[7]

Early life[edit]

Valentina Shevchenko was born in Frunze, Kirghizia, USSR on March 7, 1988 into a Russian family with Kyrgyzstani citizhensip,[8] and became interested in combat sports at an early age. She began with taekwondo at age 5, under the influence of her mother who had practiced the sport and of her older sister Antonina.[9] At age 12 she branched out into Muay Thai kickboxing then free style Vale Tudo. Her kickboxing career began in Kyrgyzstan when at age 12 she knocked out a 22-year-old opponent, earning her the moniker "Bullet" from her trainer Pavel Fedotov because of her speed in the ring.[6][10][11]

Shevchenko earned an Undergraduate degree from the University of Arts Kyrgystan, in Film Directing.[12]

Muay Thai and kickboxing[edit]

From 2003 to 2015 Valentina Shevchenko collectively won more than 50 amateur/pro matches in K-1, Muay Thai, and kickboxing (five were won by technical knockout, three were won by knockout). She received her first and only loss in kickboxing when she fought Wang Cong (aka Cong Wang) in 2015.[13] Shevchenko won 8 gold medals (2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2014) when she competed in the IFMA world championships, and also the IMFA Royal World Cup in 2015. She defeated future UFC strawweight champion Joanna Jędrzejczyk three times and future UFC fighter Lina Länsberg once, during these competitions. Shevchenko is considered to be one of the best female Muay Thai fighters in the world.[14][15]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Valentina Shevchenko has competed in mixed martial arts since 2003 compiling a record of 15-3.

Legacy Fighting Championship[edit]

In 2014 it was announced that Legacy FC had signed Shevchenko for MMA and kickboxing.[16] On February 27, 2015, Shevchenko faced Jan Finney at Legacy Fighting Championship 39, winning the fight via unanimous decision.[17]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Shevchenko made her UFC debut as a short-notice replacement for Germaine de Randamie against Sarah Kaufman at UFC on Fox 17.[18] She won the fight via split decision.[19]

In her second fight for the promotion, Shevchenko faced Amanda Nunes on March 5, 2016, at UFC 196. Although she made an impressive and strong performance in the third round, her slow start in the first two gave the rounds to Nunes. She lost the fight by unanimous decision.[20]

In her third UFC fight, Shevchenko faced former UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion Holly Holm at UFC on Fox: Holm vs. Shevchenko on July 23, 2016. After losing the first round, she rallied back to take over the fight and won a dominant unanimous decision.[21]

Shevchenko faced Julianna Peña in a possible title eliminator match in the main event at UFC on Fox: Shevchenko vs. Peña on January 28, 2017. She won the fight by armbar submission in the second round. The win also earned Shevchenko her first Performance of the Night bonus.[22]

UFC Bantamweight title fight[edit]

Shevchenko was expected to rematch the current bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes on July 8, 2017 at UFC 213, but on the day of the fight Nunes fell ill and pulled out of the fight. The doctors cleared Nunes to fight, but she didn't feel up to it, so the fight was called off.[23] Joanna Jędrzejczyk offered to replace Nunes, but the Nevada State Athletic Commission could not clear her on such short notice.[24]

The rematch against Nunes was rescheduled to UFC 215 on September 9, 2017 in Edmonton, Alberta. After a very close back-and-forth fight, Shevchenko lost the fight via split decision. In the post-fight press conference, she voiced her disagreement with the judges' decision but also said she respected the outcome.[25] Out of 22 media outlets, 6 scored it for Nunes, 14 for Shevchenko, and 2 scored it a draw. [26]

Flyweight division[edit]

In September 2017, Shevchenko revealed plans to join the 125-pound flyweight division.[27]

Shevchenko faced promotional newcomer Priscila Cachoeira on February 3, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 125. She won the fight via rear-naked choke in dominant fashion in round two, outstriking her opponent 230-3. This win earned her the Performance of the Night bonus.[28]

Shevchenko was scheduled to face champion Nicco Montaño on September 8, 2018 at UFC 228. However, prior to the weigh-ins for the event, Montano was transported to a hospital due to the effects of weight cutting. The bout was cancelled and Montano was stripped of the Women's Flyweight title.[29] UFC officials then announced that Shevchenko would fight for the vacant 125-pound flyweight title later in 2018.[30]

Shevchenko is expected to face Joanna Jędrzejczyk on December 8, 2018 at UFC 231. The bout is to be for the vacant UFC Women's Flyweight Championship.[31]

Fighting style[edit]

A decorated kickboxer, Shevchenko is primarily known for precise counter-striking.[32] She is recognized for an exceptional ability to gauge the distance of an opponent's attack, then retaliate with a variety of counterattacks.[32][33] In a 2017 interview, Shevchenko noted the challenges of perfecting this technique in mixed martial arts. "It's different to fight a wrestler and stand-up fighter. To feel the distance of her punch, it's different", she said.[34]

After dodging an opponent's strike, Shevchenko will often counter with a fast right hook, a spinning wheel kick, or a spinning back fist. On offense, she makes regular use of forward right hooks and two-punch combinations. She also utilizes an outside leg kick, regularly thrown at the end of a flurry, or in the early stages of a round.[32][33][35]

In addition to her striking, Shevchenko is trained in grappling and a black belt in Judo, as demonstrated by her multiple take-downs against Holly Holm, her armbar submission of Julianna Pena and her rear naked choke submission over Priscila Cachoeira.[22][36]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Kickboxing[edit]

Muay Thai[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Professional boxing record[edit]

Result Record Opponent Type Round Time Date Location Notes
Win 2–0 Peru Nerys Rincon TKO 4 N/A December 17, 2011 Peru Coliseo ReserClub de Pueblo Libre, Lima, Peru  
Win 1–0 Brazil Halanna Dos Santos UD 10 2:00 May 8, 2010 Peru Coliseo Marotta, Callao, Peru  

Professional Kickboxing and Muay Thai record[edit]

Note: Record may be incomplete.
K-1, Kickboxing, and Muay Thai record
Amateur kickboxing, muay thai record (Incomplete)
Date Result Opponent Event Location Method Round Time
2015-08-23 Win Belarus Mariya Valent I.F.M.A. Royal World cup Tournament 2015, Finals -60 kg Bangkok, Thailand N/A N/A N/A
Wins the I.F.M.A. Royal World cup Tournament Gold Medal -60 kg.
2015-08-20 Win Belgium Anke Van Gestel I.F.M.A. Royal World cup Tournament 2015, Semi Finals -60 kg Bangkok, Thailand TKO (Strikes) 1 N/A
2015-08-16 Win Israel Nili Block I.F.M.A. Royal World cup Tournament 2015, Quarter Finals -60 kg Bangkok, Thailand Decision 3 3:00
2015-08-14 Win Morocco Kaoutar Houkman I.F.M.A. Royal World cup Tournament 2015, Eighth Finals -60 kg Bangkok, Thailand Decision 3 3:00
2014-05-? Win Belarus Mariya Valent I.F.M.A. World Championship Tournament 2014, Finals -60 kg Langkawi, Malaysia N/A N/A N/A
Wins the I.F.M.A. World Championship Tournament Gold Medal -60 kg.
2014-05-06 Win Canada Janice MacAulay I.F.M.A. World Championship Tournament 2014, Semi Finals -60 kg Langkawi, Malaysia Decision 3 3:00
2014-05-05 Win Finland Gia Winberg I.F.M.A. World Championship Tournament 2014, Quarter Finals -60 kg Langkawi, Malaysia Decision 3 3:00
2014-05-? Win Republic of Ireland Siobhan Foley I.F.M.A. World Championship Tournament 2014, Eighth Finals -60 kg Langkawi, Malaysia N/A N/A N/A
2013-10-23 Win Ukraine Anastasia Sharmonova 2013 World Combat Games -60 kg/132 lb Muay Thai, Final St. Petersburg, Russia N/A N/A N/A
Wins the 2013 World Combat Games -60 kg/132 lb Muay Thai Gold Medal.
2013-10-21 Win Thailand Pimnipa Tanawatpipat 2013 World Combat Games -60 kg/132 lb Muay Thai, Semi Final St. Petersburg, Russia Decision N/A N/A
2013-10-19 Win Mongolia Zuunast Altansukh 2013 World Combat Games -60 kg/132 lb Muay Thai, Quarter Final St. Petersburg, Russia TKO (Body Kick) 3 N/A
2012-09-12 Win Belarus Katsiaryna Viaryha I.F.M.A. World Championship Tournament 2012, Finals -60 kg St. Petersburg, Russia N/A N/A N/A
Wins the I.F.M.A. World Championship Tournament Gold Medal -60 kg.
2012-09-11 Win Poland Magdalena Edyta I.F.M.A. World Championship Tournament 2012, Semi Finals -60 kg St. Petersburg, Russia N/A N/A N/A
2011-09-? Loss Morocco Aicha El Majydy I.F.M.A. World Championship Tournament 2011, Finals -60 kg Tashkent, Uzbekistan N/A N/A N/A
Wins the I.F.M.A. World Championship Tournament Silver Medal -60 kg.
2011-09-? Win Russia Alfia Ishirgakova I.F.M.A. World Championship Tournament 2011, Semi Finals -60 kg Tashkent, Uzbekistan TKO (Strikes) N/A N/A
2010-12-? Win Sweden Lina Länsberg I.F.M.A. World Championship Tournament 2010, Finals -63.5 kg Bangkok, Thailand Decision 3 3:00
Wins the I.F.M.A. World Championship Tournament Gold Medal -63.5 kg.
2010-12-? Win Belarus Marja Belush I.F.M.A. World Championship Tournament 2010, Semi Finals -63.5 kg Bangkok, Thailand TKO (Body Kick) N/A N/A
2010-12-? Win Finland Anna Willberg I.F.M.A. World Championship Tournament 2010, Quarter Finals -63.5 kg Bangkok, Thailand Decision 3 3:00
2010-11-? Win Ukraine Valentina Gupalo I.F.M.A. World Championship Tournament 2010, Eight Finals -63.5 kg Bangkok, Thailand Decision 3 3:00
2010-09-02 Win Australia Caley Reece 2010 World Combat Games -60 kg/132 lb Muay Thai, Final Beijing, China Decision (Unanimous) 4 2:00
Wins the 2010 World Combat Games -60 kg/132 lb Muay Thai Gold Medal.
2010-08-31 Win Germany Ania Fucz 2010 World Combat Games -60 kg/132 lb Muay Thai, Semi Finals Beijing, China N/A N/A N/A [38]
2010-08-29 Win South Africa Madeleine Ross 2010 World Combat Games -60 kg/132 lb Muay Thai, Quarter Finals Beijing, China N/A N/A N/A [39]
2009-12-? Win Russia Alena Muratova I.F.M.A. World Championship Tournament 2009, Finals -60 kg Bangkok, Thailand Decision 3 3:00
Wins the I.F.M.A. World Championship Tournament Gold Medal -60 kg.
2009-12-? Win Sweden Emma Thyni I.F.M.A. World Championship Tournament 2009, Semi Finals -60 kg Bangkok, Thailand Decision 3 3:00
2008-?-? Win Poland Joanna Jędrzejczyk I.F.M.A. World Championship Tournament 2008, Finals -57 kg Busan, South Korea Decision 3 3:00
Wins the I.F.M.A. World Championship Tournament Gold Medal -57 kg.
2008-?-? Win Turkey Gozde Bayergi I.F.M.A. World Championship Tournament 2008, Semi Finals -57 kg Busan, South Korea Decision 3 3:00
2008-?-? Win Belarus Alla Ivashkevich I.F.M.A. World Championship Tournament 2008, Quarter Finals -57 kg Busan, South Korea Decision 3 3:00
2008-?-? Win Sweden Mikaela Mélante I.F.M.A. World Championship Tournament 2008, First Round -57 kg Busan, South Korea Decision 3 3:00
2007-12-? Win Thailand Vipavat Lasuwan I.F.M.A. World Championship Tournament 2007, Finals -57 kg Bangkok, Thailand Decision 3 3:00
Wins the I.F.M.A. World Championship Tournament Gold Medal -57 kg.
2007-12-? Win Finland Liisi Airo I.F.M.A. World Championship Tournament 2007, Semi Finals -57 kg Bangkok, Thailand Decision 3 3:00
2007-11-? Win Poland Joanna Jędrzejczyk I.F.M.A. World Championship Tournament 2007, Quarter Finals -57 kg Bangkok, Thailand Decision 3 3:00
2006-06-? Win Canada Misty Sutherland I.F.M.A. World Championship Tournament 2006, Finals -57 kg Bangkok, Thailand Decision 3 3:00
Wins the I.F.M.A. World Championship Tournament Gold Medal -57 kg.
2006-06-? Win Australia Heather O’Donnell I.F.M.A. World Championship Tournament 2006, Semi Finals -57 kg Bangkok, Thailand Decision 3 3:00
2006-05-? Win Poland Joanna Jędrzejczyk I.F.M.A. World Championship Tournament 2006, Quarter Finals -57 kg Bangkok, Thailand Decision 3 3:00

Legend:   Win   Loss   Draw/No contest   Notes

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 15–3 Priscila Cachoeira Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Anders February 3, 2018 2 4:25 Belém, Brazil Return to Flyweight. Performance of the Night.
Loss 14–3 Amanda Nunes Decision (split) UFC 215 September 9, 2017 5 5:00 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada For the UFC Women's Bantamweight Championship.
Win 14–2 Julianna Peña Submission (armbar) UFC on Fox: Shevchenko vs. Peña January 28, 2017 2 4:29 Denver, Colorado, United States Performance of the Night.
Win 13–2 Holly Holm Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fox: Holm vs. Shevchenko July 23, 2016 5 5:00 Chicago, Illinois, United States
Loss 12–2 Amanda Nunes Decision (unanimous) UFC 196 March 5, 2016 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 12–1 Sarah Kaufman Decision (split) UFC on Fox: dos Anjos vs. Cerrone 2 December 19, 2015 3 5:00 Orlando, Florida, United States
Win 11–1 Jan Finney Decision (unanimous) Legacy FC 39 February 27, 2015 3 5:00 Houston, Texas United States
Win 10–1 Hellen Bastos TKO (doctor stoppage) Fusion FC 6 February 26, 2014 2 3:00 Lima, Peru
Win 9–1 Priscila Orellana TKO (punches) Fusion FC 5 December 18, 2013 1 0:50 Lima, Peru
Win 8–1 Akjarkyn Baiturbaeva Decision (unanimous) KF-1: MMA World Competition April 30, 2011 3 5:00 Seoul, South Korea
Loss 7–1 Liz Carmouche TKO (doctor stoppage) C3 Fights: Red River Rivalry September 30, 2010 2 3:00 Concho, Oklahoma, United States Return to Bantamweight.
Win 7–0 Yulia Nemtsova Submission (Ezekiel choke) Professional Free Fight March 3, 2006 1 1:11 Krasnodar, Russia Flyweight debut.
Win 6–0 Kyung Aeh Kim Submission (armbar) WXF: X-Impact World Championships 2005 July 9, 2005 1 1:09 Seoul, South Korea
Win 5–0 Roza Kalieva Submission (rear-naked choke) Kazakhstan Federation of Pankration 2 March 22, 2005 1 1:09 Kokshetau, Kazakhstan
Win 4–0 Alla Iskarenova Submission (rear-naked choke) Kazakhstan Federation of Pankration March 21, 2005 1 1:12 Kokshetau, Kazakhstan
Win 3–0 Erkesh Kokoeva TKO (punches) Kyrgyz Federation of Kulatuu 2 October 15, 2004 1 N/A Kyrgyzstan
Win 2–0 Mi Choi Kim Submission (rear-naked choke) WXF: X-Impact World Championships 2003 December 9, 2003 1 1:55 Seoul, South Korea
Win 1–0 Eliza Aidaralieva TKO (punches) Kyrgyz Federation of Kulatuu April 21, 2003 2 N/A Kyrgyzstan

See also[edit]

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