Valentina Shevchenko



Barely retains flyweight title
June 11, 2022
Shevchenko successfully retained her UFC Women's Flyweight Championship on Saturday, defeating Taila Santos via split decision (48-47, 47-48, 49-46) at UFC 275 in Singapore.
It was unquestionably Shevchenko's most difficult title defense yet and one in which she very easily could have lost her belt. For the better part of three rounds, Valentina did little. Actually, that's not exactly true. What she did was find herself planted on the mat for extended periods at a time by a surprisingly game Santos. The Brazilian thrived in the clinch against Valentina, an area in which virtually everyone who came before her failed. Shevchenko caught a break midway through Round 3 when an accidental headbutt resulted in Santos being left with essentially one working eye the remainder of the bout. Valentina took full advantage in easily winning the final two rounds, but a case can very easily be made Santos won the first three. Shevchenko has won nine fights in a row. Her last loss came against Amanda Nunes in September 2017. Valentina has been untouchable at flyweight, but there have been some middling performances in there. Considering Valentina's all-around skill set and her reputation as one of the sport's hardest workers, don't be shocked if a close fight like this one serves as a wake-up call and we see the very best from her in her next bout.
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Defending belt at UFC 275
March 1, 2022
Shevchenko will defend her UFC Flyweight Championship against Taila Santos at UFC 275 on June 11, Damon Martin and Guilherme Cruz of report.
Shevchenko made easy work of Lauren Murphy at UFC 266 in September, which marked her sixth straight title defense. "Bullet" has dominated the 125-pound division and will now go up against a relative newcomer in the promotion. Santos lost her UFC debut in 2019 but has won her past four bouts, capped by a Round 1 submission of Joanne Wood in November. Shevchenko hasn't lost since facing Amanda Nunes in 2017 and will be a heavy favorite once again in June.
Retains championship in rout
September 25, 2021
Shevchenko easily defended her UFC Women's Flyweight Championship on Saturday, defeating Lauren Murphy via TKO (punches) at 4:00 of Round 4 at UFC 266 in Las Vegas.
The UFC continues the farce that all of these women put in front of Shevchenko are legitimate challengers for her title, but Murphy, like Jessica Andrade, Jennifer Maia, Katlyn Chookagian, Liz Carmouche and Jessica Eye before her, never had a chance. Valentina is bigger, stronger and faster than every woman in the division by a considerable margin. She blasted Murphy at will on the feet and threw her to the mat whenever she felt like mixing things up. The flurry that finished Murphy was truly terrifying. Shevchenko entered as roughly a -1500 favorite and even that ended up being too low. The 125-pound female division is one of the thinnest in the sport today. It isn't a secret. Nor is it a secret that none of these competitors can come remotely close to hanging with Valentina. It's not a stretch to say that every title fight at flyweight, bantamweight and featherweight is likely a waste of time until Shevchenko and Amanda Nunes inevitably meet for a third time. Nunes won the first two via decision, the first one of the unanimous variety and the most recent, back in September 2017, via split decision.
To defend title at UFC 266
July 13, 2021
Shevchenko (suspension) will defend her UFC Flyweight Championship against Lauren Murphy at UFC 266 on Sept. 25, Brett Okamoto of reports.
Shevchenko has already defended her belt five times since first winning it in December of 2018, and most fights since then have been heavily in her favor. This means she's also been cleared of a medical suspension she was handed after her TKO (punches) win over Jessica Andrade at UFC 261.
Hit with six-month medical suspension
May 3, 2021
Shevchenko is facing a six-month medical suspension after her fight with Jessica Andrade last Saturday, reports.
Shevchenko was able to successfully defend her Flyweight Championship, but she didn't escape unscathed with this medical suspension. If she's unable to clear it with a doctor she will be out until late October.
Cruises to another title defense
April 24, 2021
Shevchenko successfully defended her UFC Women's Flyweight Championship on Saturday, defeating Jessica Andrade via TKO (punches) at 3:19 of Round 2 at UFC 261 in Jacksonville.
"Defended" is one way to describe the win, "dominated and destroyed" is another. Shevchenko looked somewhat mortal -- at least for her -- in her past couple bouts, so she responded by going out and making a complete mockery of a former UFC champion in Andrade. Valentina has never been known as much of a wrestler, but she dragged Jessica to the mat at will en route to seven successful takedown attempts. It was a merciful stoppage from referee Dan Miragiliotta, as it was only going to get worse for Andrade from there. We all know there isn't a flyweight on the roster who can remotely challenge Valentina. It feels as if every single title fight at both 125 pounds and 135 pounds is nothing more than an appetizer until Shevchenko and Amanda Nunes eventually meet for a third time.