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Peru’s Valentina Shevchenko is still UFC Women’s Flyweight Champion, knocks out Jessica Eye at ‘UFC 238’ in Chicago

Fighting out of Lima, Peru, Valentina “Bullet” Shevchenko, 31, is still the reigning UFC Women’s Flyweight Champion. She successfully defended her belt at “UFC 238,” marking her sixth victory in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Featuring 13 mixed martial arts matches, “UFC 238” took place at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois, United States on June 8, 2019. In the co-main event of the evening, Jessica “Evil” Eye, 32, of Cleveland, Ohio, USA challenged Shevchenko.

Rob Madrigal served as the referee of the UFC Women’s Flyweight Championship bout. Right in the first round, Shevchenko showed that she was the stronger fighter as she delivered strong body kicks.

Shevchenko scored two takedowns in the first round but Eye survived both. Madrigal put a stop to the contest after 26 seconds in the second round when the Kyrgyzstani–Peruvian champion knocked out her American challenger via head kick.

Winning at “UFC 238” improved the professional MMA record of Shevchenko to 16 wins and 3 loss. On the other hand, Eye now has 14 wins and 6 losses.

This is Shevchenko’s first title defense. She became the UFC Women’s Flyweight Champion when she defeated former UFC Women’s Strawweight Champion Joanna Jędrzejczyk, 31, of Poland on December 8, 2018.

Nicco Montaño, 30, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA was the first ever UFC Women’s Flyweight Champion. On September 7, 2018, she was stripped of the title due to weight cut issues so Shevchenko and Jędrzejczyk competed for the then vacant title.

Including Peru and the U.S., 11 countries were represented at “UFC 238.” The other countries were Australia, Brazil, Bulgaria, China, England, Mexico, Poland, Russia and Scotland.

Born in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan on March 7, 1988, Shevchenko started her taekwondo training when she was 5 years old. She moved to Peru in 2008.

As an MMA fighter, Shevchenko has been competing professionally since 2003. She joined the UFC in 2015.

Meanwhile, watch the post-fight interview with Shevchenko in the UFC octagon at “UFC 238” here:

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