Valentina Shevchenko (fighter)
March 7, 1988
Frunze, Kirghiz SSR, Soviet Union (now Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan)
|Native name||Валентина Шевченко|
|Nationality||Kyrgyzstani and Peruvian|
|Height||5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)|
|Weight||125 lb (57 kg; 8.9 st)|
|Reach||67 in (170 cm)|
|Style||Muay Thai, Taekwondo, Boxing, Judo|
|Fighting out of||Lima, Peru|
Tiger Muay Thai|
Gracie Barra Texas 
2nd dan black belt and Master of Sports in Taekwondo |
International Master of Sports in Muay Thai
Master of Sports in Boxing
Master of Sports in Kickboxing
Black belt and Master of Sports in Judo
|Professional boxing record|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|University||University of Arts Kyrgystan|
|Notable relatives||Antonina Shevchenko (sister)|
|Boxing record from BoxRec|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Valentina Shevchenko (Russian: Валентина Анатольевна Шевченко; born March 7, 1988) is a Kyrgyzstani–Peruvian 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.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Muay Thai and kickboxing
- 3 Mixed martial arts career
- 4 Fighting style
- 5 Championships and accomplishments
- 6 Professional boxing record
- 7 Professional Kickboxing and Muay Thai record
- 8 Mixed martial arts record
- 9 See also
- 10 References
- 11 External links
Valentina Shevchenko was born in Frunze, Kirghizia, USSR on March 7, 1988 into a Russian family with Kyrgyzstani citizhensip, 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. 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.
Shevchenko earned an Undergraduate degree from the University of Arts Kyrgystan, in Film Directing.
Muay Thai and kickboxing
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. 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.
Mixed martial arts career
Valentina Shevchenko has competed in mixed martial arts since 2003 compiling a record of 15-3.
Legacy Fighting Championship
In 2014 it was announced that Legacy FC had signed Shevchenko for MMA and kickboxing. On February 27, 2015, Shevchenko faced Jan Finney at Legacy Fighting Championship 39, winning the fight via unanimous decision.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
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.
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.
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.
UFC Bantamweight title fight
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. Joanna Jędrzejczyk offered to replace Nunes, but the Nevada State Athletic Commission could not clear her on such short notice.
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. Out of 22 media outlets, 6 scored it for Nunes, 14 for Shevchenko, and 2 scored it a draw. 
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.
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. UFC officials then announced that Shevchenko would fight for the vacant 125-pound flyweight title later in 2018.
A decorated kickboxer, Shevchenko is primarily known for precise counter-striking. She is recognized for an exceptional ability to gauge the distance of an opponent's attack, then retaliate with a variety of counterattacks. 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.
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.
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.
Championships and accomplishments
- Kunlun Fight Women's Lightweight Championship (1 Title Defense)
- 2014 Kunlun Fight Female -60kg Tournament Champion
- 2013 World K-1 Champion WKC, Peru (60 kg)
- 2013 World K-1 Champion WKC, Mexico (60 kg)
- 2005 World Champion KF-1 MMA Pro, Korea, Seoul (57 kg)
- 2004 World Kickboxing Champion WAKO, Italy (56кg)
- 2003 World Champion KF-1 MMA Pro, Korea, Seoul (55 kg)
- 2015 I.F.M.A. Royal World cup Tournament Championship (60 kg)
- 2014 I.F.M.A. World Championship (60 kg)
- 2013 World Combat Games, Muay Thai Gold Medalist (60 kg)
- 2012 WMC Muaythai Female Super Lightweight World Champion
- 2012 I.F.M.A. World Championship (60 kg)
- 2011 I.F.M.A. World Championship (60 kg)
- 2010 World Combat Games, Muay Thai Gold Medalist (60 kg)
- 2010 I.F.M.A. World Championship (63.5 kg)
- 2009 I.F.M.A. World Championship (60 kg)
- 2008 I.F.M.A. World Championship (57 kg)
- 2007 I.F.M.A. World Championship (57 kg)
- 2006 I.F.M.A. World Championship (57 kg)
- 2006 World Muay Thai WMF Champion, Thailand (57 kg)
- 2003 I.F.M.A. World Championship (57 kg)
Mixed martial arts
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
Professional boxing record
|Win||2–0||Nerys Rincon||TKO||4||N/A||December 17, 2011||Coliseo ReserClub de Pueblo Libre, Lima, Peru|
|Win||1–0||Halanna Dos Santos||UD||10||2:00||May 8, 2010||Coliseo Marotta, Callao, Peru|
Professional Kickboxing and Muay Thai record
- Note: Record may be incomplete.
|K-1, Kickboxing, and Muay Thai record|
Legend: Win Loss Draw/No contest Notes
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|18 matches||15 wins||3 losses|
|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|
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