Valentina Shevchenko

Valentina Shevchenko: Joanne Calderwood was ‘not there mentally’ in loss to Jennifer Maia

Valentina Shevchenko believes there was something missing within Joanne Calderwood in a recent loss to Jennifer Maia that cost her a UFC title shot. Calderwood (14-5 MMA, 5-5 UFC) was supposed to be next in line to challenge Shevchenko (19-3 MMA, 8-2 UFC) for the women’s flyweight title, but...

Valentina Shevchenko praises ‘my inspiration’ Antonina after sister’s defeat at UFC on ESPN 9

Fighting behind closed doors presents many challenges for fighters, but as well as dealing with an empty crowd, Antonina Shevchenko also had an absentee from her corner at UFC on ESPN 9. Reigning UFC women’s flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko is a regular presence in her sister’s corner for her...

Halle Berry really took Valentina Shevchenko’s kicks while filming MMA movie – and paid for it

For her directorial debut, Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry has dived into the world of mixed martial arts with a film that features UFC women’s flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko. It’s called “Bruised,” and Berry also stars as the main character in the film, Jackie “Justice.” What’s it about? “It’s a...

Joanne Calderwood and the challenge of training for Valentina Shevchenko in uncertain times

Coach John Wood knows a thing or two about big upsets. Owner of Syndicate MMA in Las Vegas, Wood has another tough task in front of him when Joanne Calderwood challenges champion Valentina Shevchenko for the flyweight title June 6 at UFC 251. The coronavirus pandemic has postponed three...

Valentina Shevchenko thinks Zhang Weili lost at UFC 248, expects title reign to end next fight

Valentina Shevchenko became educated on Zhang Weili after watching UFC 248, and she came away with mixed reviews. Shevchenko (19-3 MMA, 8-2 UFC), the UFC women’s flyweight champion, previously stated she hadn’t seen enough of Weili (21-1 MMA, 5-0 UFC) in four prior bouts to know what the UFC’s...

Champ Valentina Shevchenko meets Joanne Calderwood at UFC 251 in June

UFC flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko is living up to her promise to stay busy. Shevchenko (19-3 MMA, 8-2 UFC) is set to put her title on the line for a second time in 2020 (and third time since August) when she meets Joanne Calderwood (14-4 MMA, 6-4 UFC) at...

USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie rankings, Feb. 4: What changes will UFC 247 bring?

We don’t say this very often around these parts, but here it is: There’s not much to report in this week’s MMA rankings. The UFC was off last weekend. So was Bellator. And PFL. And Invicta. And RIZIN. And, well, you get the point. The only events were held...

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