Who Defeated Valentina Shevchenko Twice in Her UFC Career

Published 09/23/2021, 4:55 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – NOVEMBER 20: Valentina Shevchenko of Kyrgyzstan poses on the scale during the UFC 255 weigh-in at UFC APEX on November 20, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


Valentina Shevchenko is the women’s flyweight champion in the UFC. She is one of the best flyweight fighters on the roster. ‘The Bullet’ made her professional fighting debut in 2003 and has an amazing record of 22-3 to her name.

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Furthermore, the Russian fighter has seven wins via knockout and seven via submission. Shevchenko has an impressive professional fighting record. However, even the best face setbacks at some point in time.

‘The Bullet’ made her UFC debut with an impressive 11-1 professional record. She was one of the best prospects for the promotion. Shevchenko made her stunning UFC debut in the bantamweight division, with a win over Sarah Kaufman on 20th December 2015. However, the tables quickly turned for the Russian fighter in her second UFC bout.

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The Russian fighter faced the top female fighter on the roster, Amanda Nunes, in a bantamweight bout at UFC 196 in 2016. This was one of the most anticipated women’s bouts in UFC.

Both fighters went to war with each other right after bell sounded inside the octagon. ‘The Bullet’ and ‘Lioness’ delivered stunning performances that night and fought for all five rounds.

It was a close fight. However, the decision went in the favor of Nunes. And this is how the current flyweight champion of UFC received her first loss in the promotion. However, this loss did no harm to her confidence, and she was back to her winning ways in her next UFC appearance.

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Following her first defeat in the UFC against the ‘Lioness’, Shevchenko came back stronger than ever. In just one month, she was back in the octagon, defeating Holly Holm and Julianna Pena in her next two bouts.

Shevchenko was on a two-fight win streak when the promotion set up a rematch with Nunes for the bantamweight gold. It was one of the most intriguing rematches and garnered a lot of attention from the combat sports universe.

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The rematch served as the main event at the UFC 215 pay-per-view. The first two rounds were extremely close. It was tough to score both the fighters. Both fighters displayed incredible endurance inside the cage. The fight ultimately came to an end, with both fighters standing on their feet.

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Shevchenko faced the same fate as the last. Amanda Nunes secured her second win over the ‘Bullet‘, via split decision this time. It was indeed a close fight. However, the late takedown in the fifth round, by Nunes, might have played a significant role in the second UFC loss of the current flyweight champion.

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‘The Bullet’ changed her division after this loss and has been indestructible since then. She earned the flyweight title and is currently on a seven-fight win streak. She will now defend her gold strap for the sixth time against Lauren Murphy at UFC 266.

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Afnan Chougle

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Afnan Chougle is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. Besides writing, this Media graduate is an integral part of the digital web stories team for combat sports. Before joining EssentiallySports, Afnan gained valuable experience as an intern at Jiostudios Production House.

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