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10 Facts About Valentina Shevchenko

Get to know UFC’s next superstar Valentina ‘The Bullet’ Shevchenko! 

1. Her real name is Valentina Anatolievna Shevchenko, and she was born on March 7, 1988 in Kyrgyzstan. 01-valentina

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.


4. She is a 17 time world Muay Thai champion, and is considered one of the best in the world.valentino-shevchenko-02

5. She is also a decorated kickboxer, and has won all of her pro boxing fights.000005214M

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.

7. Aside from her first language, Russian, she is also fluent in Spanish which she gradually learned after she migrated to Peru back in 2008.va

8. As a pro MMA fighter, she has a 13-2 record.20151218033655_IMG_7799

9. She faced the new Bantamweight champ at UFC 196, where she gave an awesome performance, but still fell short and lost to the Brazilian by unanimous decision.20160304061652_IMG_5060

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.”


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