“UFC 247” marked the third successful title defense of Valentina “Bullet” Shevchenko (Валентина Шевченко), 31, as the reigning champion of the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s women’s flyweight division. Fighting out of Kyrgyzstan by way of Peru, she has been holding the belt since December 8, 2018.
Featuring 12 mixed martial arts matches, the UFC held “UFC 247” at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, United States on February 8, 2020. In the co-main event of the evening, Katlyn “Blonde Fighter” Chookagian, 31, of Jersey City, New Jersey, USA challenged the reigning UFC Women’s Flyweight Champion.
Jacob Montalvo served as the referee. He put a stop to the title bout after 1 minute and 3 seconds when Shevchenko knocked out Chookagian via punches and elbows, which marked the eighth knockout in the UFC history from the crucifix position.
Losing to Shevchenko downgraded the professional MMA record of Chookagian to 13 wins and 3 losses. It was the ninth UFC bout of the Jersey City native.
Winning at “UFC 247” improved the professional record of Shevchenko to 19 wins and 3 losses. She has been competing in the UFC since 2015 and is now riding a five-bout winning streak in the promotion.
Shevchenko was born to Ukrainian parents in Frunze, Kirghizia, which is now known as Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, on March 7, 1988. She graduated from the United of Arts Kyrgyzstan with a bachelor’s degree in Film Directing and moved to Peru in 2008.
As an MMA fighter, Shevchenko has been competing professionally since 2003. She took a break from competing from 2007 to 2009 and went back to the cage in 2010.