Welcome back MMA fans! my name is Eric from primal mma and today we bring to you a brand new video about your favourite Female fighter: Valentina “ the bullet “ shevchenko.
With her last incredible win over Jessica andrade, Valentina remains on top of the foodchain in the women's flyweight devision, and it looks like she isn’t leaving anytime soon.
Now let’s dive right into the top 10 facts you did NOT know about Valentina.
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Number 10: fighting was in her families blood.
Shevchenko was born in Frunze, Kirghizia, on March 7, 1988, to a Ukrainian family,but she has described herself as being "Russian" in a Russian interview and her native language is Russian. Her family had Soviet, and later Kyrgyzstani, citizenship. Her mother Elena Shevchenko is the president of Kyrgyzstan's national Muay Thai association and a former multiple-time Muay Thai champion. Her father Anatoly Shevchenko served in the Pacific Fleet of the Soviet Navy for three years during the Cold War.
After becoming interested in combat sports at an early age, Valentina began Taekwondo at age 5, under the influence of her older sister Antonina and her mother, who both participated in the sport. At age 12 she branched out into Muay Thai kickboxing and then freestyle Vale Tudo. Her kickboxing career began in 2000 when, also 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.
Number 9: She made her professional debut at 15 years old…
A seasoned mixed martial arts veteran whose handlers wasted no time shuttling her into high-level competition, Shevchenko made her professional debut as a 15-year-old on April 21, 2003. She stopped Eliza Aidaralieva on second-round punches at a Kyrgyz Federation of Kulatuu event.
She won the fight via TKO in the second round.
Competing in regional Kyrgiz, Russian and Korean promotions she went undefeated in her next 6 fights, winning all of them via a first round finish, before deciding to take a hiatus from MMA in 2006 to focus on her Muay Thai and kickboxing career.
Number 8: Valentina is multi dimensional and always dangerous
Though known for her standup prowess, Shevchenko has proven to be just as capable on the ground. She has delivered seven of her 15 victories by submission: four by rear-naked choke, two by armbar and one by Ezekiel choke.
and this list keeps improving and improving, in her last fight against jessica andrade, she showed that most top contenders do not stand a chance against a bullet.
Number 7: The bullet literally flies anywhere to hit her target
Shevchenko has fought in 12 different countries over the course of her career as a boxer, kickboxer and mixed martial artist. They are the United States, Canada, Peru, South Korea, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, China, Thailand, France, Brazil, and the Netherlands. with a record of 21 wins to 3 losses. she is highly feared in most of these countries.
Number 6: she failed to claim the bantamweight title twice
Shevchenko already lost twice to Nunes. She lost via unanimous decision in what was just Shevchenko’s second UFC fight and again via split decision the following year. But where Nunes has dominated other top contenders, the Brazilan couldn’t quite do the same to the crafty and quick Shevchenko.
Moreover, Shevchenko is undefeated since moving down to the flyweight division, and she seems to have improved in each of her last four fights. In fact, some in the sport believe she could be on her way to landing another huge showdown against Nunes later this year.
Do you think a trilogy fight can happen? and will the bullet be able to penetrate the bantamweight division this time?
Number 5: Her counter striking is at least to say, dangerous.
A decorated kickboxer, Shevchenko is primarily known for precise counter-striking. She is recognized for her 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."
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
Number 4: she is a true warrior, being masters of sports in 5 disciplines.
Shevchenko holds the Master of Sport designation in five different disciplines: Muay Thai, boxing, kickboxing, taekwondo, and judo.
Shevchenko is considered one of the top fighters in the world today. In fact, before the UFC revamped its official pound-for-pound list during the last week in January, Shevchenko was ranked No. 12 among all male and female UFC competitors (right behind Conor McGregor).
But now that the UFC has two separate lists for men and women, Shevchenko is ranked No. 2 pound-for-pound among all women right behind the UFC’s double champion at bantamweight and featherweight, Amanda Nunes.
Number 3: she plays a huge role in the upcoming movie “ Bruised “ with halle berry.
Shevchenko is set to play the role of Halle Berry’s antagonist in an upcoming film entitled “Bruised”. The film, which is currently in production, was written by Michelle Rosenfarb and follows the story of a fictitious MMA athlete named Jackie “Justice”, portrayed by Berry, who is a disgraced fighter trying to conquer her own personal demons so she can reunite with her 6-year-old son. To do that, of course, she’ll have to go through “Bullet”.
Number 2: she survived a shooting in peru
Shevchenko survived a violent shootout in Peru in May 2016 when she was having dinner with her coach, Pavel Fedotov, at a chicken restaurant in the Chorrilos district of Lima. It was then that three armed robbers stormed inside the local eatery and violently attacked anyone who would not comply with their demands for wallets, cash and jewelry.
Fedotov, who was also armed, fired his own shots at the robbers which started a shootout. That resulted in several of the customers getting injured, including Fedotov, who was shot by one of the robbers in the stomach, as well as the death of one of the assailants.
Maybe the craziest part? Shevchenko went on as planned with her scheduled bout the following month against former bantamweight champion Holly Holm. It was just Shevchenko’s third UFC fight, one she won in what was considered at the time to be a stunning upset.
Number 1: Fighting runs in the Shevchencko family
Shevchenko isn’t the only fighter in the family. In fact, older sister Antonina is also a UFC flyweight and married to trainer Pavel Fedotov, who coaches both Shevchenko sisters and moved with them from Kyrgyzstan to Peru over a decade ago.
Both sisters have been involved in martial arts from a very young age after following in the footsteps of their mother, Elena, who is a 3rd Dan black belt in Taekwondo and president of the Kyrgyzstan Muay Thai Federation.
Moreover, both Valentina and Antonina have won multiples titles in kickboxing and Muay Thai. Together, the Shevchenko sisters are a startling 28-4 in MMA, so fighting is the Shevchenko family business, and business is as good as ever in 2020.
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