Valentina Shevchenko
Bullet

Kyrgyzstan

Out
Injury Leg
Est. Return 8/15/2020
Targeting late-August return
FlyweightUFC
Out
April 16, 2020
Shevchenko (leg) hopes to rebook her title defense against Joanne Calderwood for late August, MMA Junkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Shevchenko reportedly wants the fight to take place on the "Fight Island" that is currently being constructed by UFC president Dana White. She was originally scheduled to defend her title at UFC 251 in Australia, but an MCL tear caused her to withdraw from the event in late March. She is three weeks removed from surgery to repair the issue, so Shevchenko still has a way to go in her recovery, but there's nothing at this point to suggest the late-August return isn't realistic.
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Tending to leg injury
FlyweightUFC
Out
April 1, 2020
Shevchenko confirmed Tuesday that a leg injury will prevent her from taking on Joanne Calderwood in a flyweight title fight June 6 at UFC 251 in Perth, Marc Raimondi of ESPN.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Calderwood first broke the news that Shevchenko was forced to withdraw from the event, with the latter providing an explanation on the matter hours later. Shevchenko indicated that he sustained the leg injury while defending her flyweight belt against Katlyn Chookagian at UFC 247 in February and hasn't fully healed in the weeks following that fight. The 32-year-old hopes to be 100 percent healthy by the end of August, with a matchup with Calderwood likely still awaiting her.
Title defense postponed by injury
FlyweightUFC
Out
March 31, 2020
Shevchenko is dealing with an undisclosed injury and is no longer in line to face Joanne Calderwood in a flyweight fight June 6 at UFC 251 in Perth, Danny Segura of USA Today reports.
ANALYSIS
The coronavirus pandemic had already put UFC 251 at risk of postponement, but Shevchenko's existing injury is what will prevent her from defending her flyweight belt in June. Calderwood relayed Tuesday in an Instagram Live session that she's hopeful the fight is rebooked in either July or August, but any new date for the bout will be contingent on Shevchenko's recovery from the injury in addition to the state of the worldwide health crisis. In a later report from ESPN MMA, it was implied that Shevchenko was dealing with a leg injury suffered in her last title defense against Katlyn Chookagian. It's expected to be fully healed for approximately an August rebooking.
Next title defense booked
FlyweightUFC
Out
February 19, 2020
Shevchenko will defend her flyweight title against Joanne Calderwood at UFC 251 on June 6, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Shevchenko will look to defend her title for the second time since the calendar turned to 2020; she successfully defended her UFC Flyweight Championship earlier in the month by defeating Katlyn Chookagian via TKO at UFC 247 in Houston. Her opponent, Calderwood, is coming off a split-decision win over Andrea Lee at UFC 242 in September.
Destroys Katlyn Chookagian
FlyweightUFC
Out
February 8, 2020
Shevchenko successfully defended her UFC Women's Flyweight Championship on Saturday, defeating Katlyn Chookagian via TKO (punches) at 1:03 of Round 3 at UFC 247 on Houston.
ANALYSIS
It was as lopsided of a title fight as you will ever see. Shevchenko entered as roughly a (-1100) favorite and showed exactly why. Shevchenko began by pounding Chookagian with leg kicks before mixing in a few takedowns for good measure. The finish came when Valentina tied up Chookagian in a crucifix position and blasted her with strikes. It was a good stoppage by referee Jacob Montalvo because it was only going to get worse for Katlyn from there. There is a larger gap between Shevchenko and the No. 1 contender in her division than any other division in the UFC. Shevchenko can go on beating up fringe fighters like Chookagian until the cows come home. She is in the discussion for best pound-for-pound fighter in the world and it's going to take some sort of cross-division super-fight in order to provide her with a legitimate challenge. There isn't yet a 125-pound female on the roster who can come remotely close to competing.
Biggest favorite at UFC 247
FlyweightUFC
Out
February 3, 2020
Shevchenko enters her third title defense against Katlyn Chookagian as approximately a (-1100) betting favorite, with the two set to square off at UFC 247 on Saturday in Houston.
ANALYSIS
Shevchenko has been nothing short of dominant during her run at 125 pounds, as she fits the newly-created division perfectly after beginning her career at bantamweight with mixed results. The run at bantamweight skews her striking and grappling stats just a bit, as Chookagian is landing 1.33 significant strikes per minute more than Shevchenko. The big advantage here for the champion comes in the grappling department, however, as Chookagian sports just a 56 percent takedown defense, and has yet to record a takedown during her eight-fight run in the UFC. Chookagian also has a four-inch height and two-inch reach advantage, while those marks could easily get negated if Shevchenko is able to successfully initiate a clinch. Look for Shevchenko to be the highest-priced fighter on the card, though earning a finish against Chookagian might be difficult. All eight of Chookagian's UFC bouts have finished in the hands of the judges.