Get to know UFC’s next superstar Valentina ‘The Bullet’ Shevchenko!
2. ‘Shevchenko’ is considered one of the famous Ukranian last names. The fighter doesn’t speak Ukranian though, since her family was forced to leave the state during Stalin’s Communist rule.
3. She started training for combat sports at the age of 5. Valentina began with Taekwondo at such a young age because she was inspired by her mom who was also a martial artist.
6. She has a sister who can also kick some ass.
Valentina grew up closely with her sister Antonina, whom she would always credit at the end of every fight. The Bullet’s older sister has trained with her since they were graders, resulting to prestigious Muay Thai world titles.
10. She beat UFC’s long time female strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk three times.
“She’s the only fighter I lost to three times,” Jedrzejczyk said. “I thought I knew everything. But after I lost to Valentina, I realized that there’s a long way to go. I didn’t give up. The experience which I got that time – I just became a UFC champion because of that.”