Valentina "Bullet" Shevchenko is the current UFC Women's Flyweight Champion with a professional MMA record of 22 wins and 3 losses. Valentina is currently ranked #2 in the UFC Women's pound-for-pound rankings.
Valentina started her combat sports journey at the age of 5 when she started learning taekwondo. She would later start Muay Thai Kickboxing at the age of 12 followed by Vale Tudo. Shevchenko's kickboxing career started at the age of 12 when she defeated a 22-year-old via knockout. Valentina would then go on to have a kickboxing record of 57-2 and a professional boxing record of 2-0
Shevchenko made her professional MMA debut at the age of 15 at the Kyrgyz Federation of Kulatuu which she won via TKO. Valentina would go on a six-fight win streak in the Korean, Russian and Kyrgyz promotions before taking a hiatus in 2006.
After coming back from her hiatus in 2010, Valentina would suffer a controversial loss before returning to her winning ways and amassing a record of 11-1 before joining the UFC
Valentina Shevchenko UFC
Shevchenko would make her UFC debut on short notice at UFC On Fox 17 against Sarah Kaufman who she would defeat via split decision. Shevchenko's first UFC defeat would come in her next fight where she faced Amanda Nunes at UFC 196 and lost via unanimous decision. She would regain her momentum by defeating Holly Holm and Julianna Pena before getting a rematch and a title shot against Amanda Nunes for the UFC Women's Bantamweight Championship. Shevchenko would again lose to Nunes in a close fight via split decision at UFC 215 and would go to the Flyweight division after her loss.
Shevchenko would fight Priscila Cachoeira and defeat her in the second round via rear-naked choke to get a UFC Women's Flyweight Title Shot against Nicco Montano at UFC 228. The bout would be canceled as Montano would face the side-effects of weight cutting and would thus be stripped of the title and Shevchenko would instead face Joanna Jedrzejczyk for the vacant UFC Women's Flyweight Championship at UFC 231. Valentina would defeat Joanna via a Unanimous Decision to become the new UFC Women's Flyweight Champion. After her victory, Shevchenko would dominate the flyweight division and defend her title 6 times against the likes of Jessica Eye, Liz Carmouche, Katlyn Chookagian, Jennifer Maia, Jessica Andrade, and Lauren Murphy.
Valentina Shevchenko vs Amanda Nunes 2
Valentina Shevchenko rematched Amanda Nunes at UFC 215 for the UFC Women's Bantamweight Championship. Valentina would have a more competitive showing than the first fight but would yet again come out short as Amanda would land more strikes at 90 to 85. The major difference between the fighters would be at the ground where Amanda was able to land 2 successful takedowns and have a ground control time of 2 minutes and 32 seconds as compared to Valentina who had no ground control time to her name. Valentina would lose the fight via split decision.
Valentina Shevchenko vs Joanna Jedrzejczyk
Valentina Shevchenko fought Joanna Jedrzejczyk at UFC 231 for the vacant UFC Women's Flyweight Championship. Valentina and Joanna would be neck to neck in terms of total strikes with Joanna edging out 124-118. However, Valentina would dominate Jedrzejczyk on the ground. She would land 5 successful takedowns and maintain ground control for over 8 minutes to win the fight via Unanimous Decision and become the new UFC Women's Flyweight Championship.
Valentina Shevchenko Career Stats
Valentina Shevchenko's current record stands at 22-3. She is the current UFC Women's Flyweight Champion.