What’s Next For Valentina Shevchenko After UFC 275

Valentina Shevchenko stepped into the UFC Octagon at UFC 275 and everyone thought this would be a typical Shevchenko title defense where Shevchenko would show how she is the most dominant Flyweight in MMA history. But to everyone’s surprise Taila Santos gave Shevchenko a very big challenge, one that Shevchenko rose above in the end but it was very close with one judge even scoring it for Santos. We decided to look ahead at what should be next for Shevchenko.  

One obvious fight to make is a rematch with Santos. That fight was a great fight, and once Santos recovers from that broken orbital we think that she should face off against Shevchenko in an immediate rematch as Shevchenko has cleared out that division and it looks like no-one in that division is of the same caliber as the Bullet. If Shevchenko doesn’t move up I think it’s imperative that we see this fight run back sometime in 2023, but Shevchenko might want to be more active than that. 

The Obvious other matchup in the Flyweight division is a rematch with Katlyn Chookagian. since their last matchup at UFC 247 before the Pandemic, Chookagian has put together a 5-1 record with a four fight win streak. Chookagian was supposed to face Manon Fiorot at UFC Paris, but has since pulled out of that matchup. We think the number one Flyweight contender would be a good matchup fans would like to see.

The real matchup fans would like to see is Shevchenko vs. the winner of the Julianna Peña vs Amanda Nunes Bantamweight title bout at UFC 277.   Shevchenko’s only losses in her MMA career were against Amanda Nunes. I think that fans would like to see these two fight again even though Shevchenko lost both bouts. This would be a good fight if Nunes wins her bout and her belt back after she faces Peña. If Peña wins against Nunes again this sets up an interesting situation. Shevchenko won her bout against Peña in January of 2017. She’d be a heavy favorite if she went up and challenged Peña for the Bantamweight belt. Both these fights would make Shevchenko a two division champion which we’d love to see.

These matchups make sense for Shevchenko in our eyes. We can’t wait to see her in the cage again very soon.

Fighter Profile: Katlyn Chookagian

Katlyn Chookagian UFC

Katlyn Chookagian fought her way to her tenth win in the UFC when she fought Jennifer Maia on the 15th of January. She now holds a 10-4 record in The UFC and an overall record of 17-4 and she is now a free agent. Chookagian who fought for the UFC Flyweight title is currently ranked second in the division, which leads many to ask why Chookagian hasn’t been re-signed. Many think it’s because when she wins she almost always wins by decision, but she does keep winning so what’s the hold up? We’re going to look at how Chookagaian got to this point because we enjoy watching her fight.

Chookagian was born December 28, 1988 in Quakertown, Pennsylvania. She would start her journey into martial arts at age 4 when she started taking Karate. She’d attend Quakertown Community Senior High School and would graduate. Chookagian would go on to attend Fairleigh Dickinson University where she would earn her degree in Business Management and Marketing. Chookagian Would work odd jobs including being a bartender before turning her sites on MMA first as an armature in 2012 and then turning pro in 2014. She currently holds a Brown Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Renzo Gracie.

Chookagian made her pro MMA debut in June of 2014 when she would face off against  Rebecca Heintzman for Cage Fury FC. She would win via unanimous decision. She’d then face Brigitte Narcisse for the World Series of Fighting Promotion she would win by Knockout (Knees.) She’d then fight Linn Wennergren PMMAL Hungarian Fight Championship 9, she’d secure the win by Unanimous Decision.  She’d then face Melinda Fábián for the same promotion winning by Submission (Armbar.)  Sijara Eubanks would be her next opponent Chookagian would beat her by Unanimous decision. Eubanks would later Corner for Chookagian in her later fights. She’d win her next two fights including championship bouts for the Cage Fury Flyweight title and Bantamweight title. She’d then get the call to fight for the UFC.

Chookagian made her UFC debut against Lauren Murphy in July of 2016 She’d win by unanimous decision. She’d then face Liz Carmouche losing by split decision, her first loss in her career. She’d then win her next three fights against Irene Aldana, Mara Romero Borella, and Alexis Davis. She’d then face Jessica Eye losing by Split Decision. She’d then score victories against Joanne Calderwood and Jennifer Maia earning her a title fight against women’s Flyweight GOAT Valentina Schevchenko, Schevchenko would win the fight by TKO (Elbows and Punches) in the third round. She’d then face Schevchenko’s sister Antonina winning by Unanimous decision. She’d then drop a fight to  Jéssica Andrade. She’d Win her next three fights against Cynthia Calvillo, Viviane Araújo, and Jennifer Maia.

Currently Chookagian is a free agent and no one knows who she’ll be facing next or in what promotion. We hope to see her in the Octagon soon.

Movie Review: Bruised

Video: UFC champ Valentina Shevchenko battles Halle Berry in first trailer  for new MMA film 'Bruised' - MMA Fighting
Berry and Schevchenko Face Off. Image Via Netflix Film ‘Bruised’

Last week Netflix released Halle Berry’s directorial debut, “Bruised.” Berry, who also starred in the film, took on the hard task of bringing the world of MMA to the streaming world, and she didn’t disappoint. She took a story about cage fighting and brought it to the world that might not be receptive to it. Don’t forget many politicians tried to ban our sport, so the more mainstream MMA can get, the better. 

In the film Berry played Jackie Justice, an aging former MMA fighter who stepped away from the fight game and the UFC to pursue other things after running out of the cage. Justice who now has reunited with her son that she gave up custody of at birth sees fighting as her only option to provide for her son. So Justice decides to take up fighting again, first in unsanctioned street fights, but then in Invicta the real life all female promotion.

In the film Berry stars alongside real life UFC Champion, Valentina Schevchenko who plays fellow MMA fighter, Lady Killer. It should be known that this was Schevchenko’s acting debut. Berry said this  of co-staring with Schevchenko in an interview with Jimmy Fallon “In this movie, I was fighting the real UFC flyweight champion, Valentina Shevchenko. And you know what? She had to throw some real kicks, and I had to really take them, and that really broke some bones.” Schevchenko did a great job in their fight scene.

Berry did a good job of going into the world of MMA from training boxing, to practicing grappling. Berry also did a great job covering the hard parts of fighting like the weight cutting. Berry really did a great job of this. Overall I give this film 4 out of 5 stars. It wasn’t an amazing film like a movie directed by Martin Scorsese, but it did a good job taking a dive into the MMA world.

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FIGHTER PROFILE: HOLLY HOLM

Holly Holm

Holly Holm is one of MMA’s biggest stars who’s faced some of the biggest names in the sport. Holm who started off as a boxer and transitioned to MMA has produced some of the sports wildest moments including an upset victory against Ronda Rousey. Holm is always training and even at forty is producing some great fights and is second in the UFC Women’s Bantamweight division, an impressive feat for any athlete especially in a sport whose athletes have a short shelf life.

Holm was born on October 17, 1981 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Her father is a Church of Christ preacher and her mother is a massage therapist. Her parents divorced when Holm was in High School. Holm always was an athlete; she competed in gymnastics, swimming and diving. Holm also played soccer when she was younger. When Holm was 16 she was taking an aerobics class and her cardio kickboxing teacher Mike Winkeljohn noticed her abilities and encouraged her to train, which Holm did and was a natural. 


Holm would win the International Rules Adult Women’s Welterweight Division championship at the International Kickboxing Federation (IKF) USA National Amateur Championship Tournament. Holm would finish her amateur kickboxing record career with a 6–0–2 record. Holm would then go on to start a professional boxing career. Holm held several boxing world titles and is considered to be one of the best female boxers of all time. Holm finished her boxing career in 2013 while fighting MMA at the same time.


Holm started her MMA career in 2011 when she beat Christina Domke by TKO (leg kicks.) for the Fresquez Productions promotion which was owned by her Boxing Promoter, Lenny Fresquez. From there Holm Would move on to Bellator and then Legacy FC before signing with The UFC. Her first fight in the UFC would be against Raquel Pennington, Holm would win via a split decision. From there she’d face Marion Reneau in July of 2015 she’d win by unanimous decision. Holm would then go on to face Ronda Rousey for the Bantamweight title she’d win by KO (head kick and punches.) In her next fight she’d lose the title to Miesha Tate.

Since losing her title Holm has gone on to face some of the toughest names in the Bantamweight and Featherweight divisions including tough loses to Cris Cyborg, Amanda Nunes, and Valentina Schevchenko. She is a great fighter and is currently ranked second in the Bantamweight division and sixth in the women’s pound-for-pound rankings and is riding a two fight win streak with victories against Raquel Pennington and Irene Aldana.

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Halle Berry And UFC Champion Valentina Schevchenko Star In MMA Movie ‘Bruised’

Video: UFC champ Valentina Shevchenko battles Halle Berry in first trailer  for new MMA film 'Bruised' - MMA Fighting
Berry and Schevchenko Face Off. Image Via Netflix Film ‘Bruised’

Halle Berry was seen at the weigh-ins prior to UFC 268 in New York City. Later that weekend she was seen strapping the belt on defending Strawweight Champion Rose Namajunas. This led many to wonder why Berry was at these events. It turns out she was there to promote her film, Bruised, which will be her directorial debut. Berry will also star in the film which will be exclusively on Netflix starting on Wednesday November 24th.

In the film Berry will play Jackie Justice, an aging former MMA fighter who stepped away from the fight game and the UFC to pursue other things. Justice who now has reunited with her son that she gave up for adoption at birth sees fighting as her only option to provide for her son. So Justice decides to take up fighting again, first in unsanctioned street fights, but then in Invicta the real life all female promotion.

In the film Berry stars alongside real life UFC Champion, Valentina Schevchenko who plays fellow MMA fighter, Lady Killer. It should be known that this will be Schevchenko’s acting debut. Berry said this  of costaring with Schevchenko in an interview with Jimmy Fallon “In this movie, I was fighting the real UFC flyweight champion, Valentina Shevchenko. And you know what? She had to throw some real kicks, and I had to really take them, and that really broke some bones.”  

Berry had high praise for Schevchenko’s ability to make her fight seem real “She’s a beast, but I couldn’t have asked for a better teacher, a better scene mate, a better fight partner. She just brought so much reality to it for me. At times, I felt like I was really fighting. Like, our referee that was in the movie is a real referee, and he says a couple times, ‘Man, I thought I was watching a real fight’ because she brought so much power and authenticity to our fight scenes.”

It should be noted the production of the film did cause a shake up in the MMA world. Cat Zingano was supposed to star in the film, and even took some time away from the UFC to star in the film, this time away from the UFC allegedly caused Zingano to get cut from the promotion. At the time Zingano was on a four fight skid which would cause most fighters to be cut from the promotion anyway. Zingano then ended up signing with Bellator. After Zingano got cut from the UFC Berry would not let Zingano act in the film because she was not a star in the biggest MMA promotion in the world. Zingano and Berry are fighting legally now.

We will be reviewing the film once it hits NETFLIX on the 24th of November. Till then watch the trailer below. 

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What’s next for Valentina Schevchenko?

Valentina Shevchenko (red gloves) fights Liz Carmouche (blue gloves).
Valentina Shevchenko lands a punch on Liz Carmouche. Photo coutesy of Jason Da Silva USA Today Sports

When not putting on amazing performances in the UFC Octagon Valentina Schevchenko has many hobbies including dancing, shooting, and mastering new languages. Schevchenko appeared on the Joe Rogan Experience MMA show last Friday on Spotify. Rogan and Schevchenko’s conversation was very in depth and covered a variety of topics including her training and other aspects that make her tick and contribute to her dominance over the UFC’s Women’s Flyweight division a division Schevchenko has held the title in for three years with six title defenses.

Rogan asked Schevchenko pretty much point blank what was next for her and a possible rematch with Amanda Nunes, a fighter she fought and lost twice before at Bantamweight. Which makes one question what is next for Schevchenko as she’s cleared out her Flyweight division? Is there anyone left for the Bullet? Would a Super fight with Amanda Nunes be worth it for her and the promotion even though Nunes has beat her in their two meetings? The Nunes question is easily answered because not only do UFC fans want to see it happen, but it seems like the second fight between the two fighters was closer than people think which would warrant a rematch. The only person in the MMA world that doesn’t want to see it is Chael Sonnen.

Schevchenko faced Lauren Murphy at UFC 266 in September. She put on a dominant performance against Murphy winning by TKO in the fourth round. Schevchenko outclassed Murphy and has been doing that to every fighter she’s faced. When she faced Jéssica Andrade people wondered how her ground game would hold up and she outgrappled Andrade. Schevchenko is a wrecking machine and it seems like there’s no one left that has an answer to the puzzle on how to beat her much the way Nunes is in the Bantamweight division. 

If Schevchenko stayed in the Flyweight division there are two rematches that I think make sense the first would be against Katlyn Chookagian.  Chookagian is currently ranked second in the Flyweight Division.  Chookagian is a Brown Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and it would make for a great fight. Plus fans love a striker vs. grappler matchup. The rematch that would also make sense is a fight with number one ranked Flyweight Jessica Andrade.  Andrade is coming off a win against Cynthia Calvillo at UFC 266. This matchup again would be a striker vs grappler matchup with Andrade holding a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. But the tricky thing about Schevchenko is that she can finish someone on the ground too with seven of her 22 wins coming by way of submission.

No matter who is next for Schevchenko, everyone will be watching. Schevchenko is hoping that she will remain champion, and maybe a two Division Champion much like Nunes. We will see how it plays out.

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FIGHTER PROFILE: LAUREN MURPHY

Lauren Murphy Slams Critics Who Think Nicco Montano is Ducking Valentina  Shevchenko | MMAWeekly.com

On Saturday Lauren Murphy will be making her return to The UFC Octagon. She will be facing Valentina Schevchenko who unlike Murphy, has been a lifelong martial artist. But Murphy may have what it takes to defeat Schevchenko and is a testament to what one can achieve when they put in a whole lot of hard work and dedication. Murphy has made a career out of proving people wrong, and putting in a lot of hard work, and Murphy has clawed her way back for a title shot which she definitely deserves. 

Murphy was born in Anchorage, Alaska on July 27, 1983. When Murphy was 11 her father was killed in a plane crash which caused a major upheaval in Murphy’s life. She began drinking at this young age and this led to other problems in her life including drug use. She would end up dropping out of high school.She’d go on to give birth to her son.

Murphy’s drinking would get to the point that her family didn’t want to associate with her. In 2009 Murphy’s life changed for the better, as she took her son to a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu class. She decided to take a class also to encourage her son to keep taking the class, and she fell in love with the sport and started training regularly.  She’d eventually start training MMA a short while later.

Murphy would take her first MMA bout six months into her martial arts career skipping the amateur step of her career completely. This would pay dividends because she’d win her first four fights leading to her first title Alaska Cage Fighting Featherweight championship. From there Murphy would move on to bantamweight where she’d fight her next four fights eventually capturing the Invicta Bantamweight Championship belt.

In 2014 Murphy joined the UFC roster. She made her debut on August 16, 2014 in Bangor, Maine. Unfortunately for Murphy she’d lose the bout and she’d go on to lose her second bout to Liz Carmouche. Murphy would get her first win in the promotion against Kelly Faszholz on February 21, 2016 by TKO in round three. Murphy then faced Katlyn Chookagian and unfortunately she would lose this bout too. It was her only third loss of her career

She would say of her early UFC career; “I felt like I was still a little bit in over my head and like I was still the new kid on the block,” she said. “I had only trained for four years when I got into the UFC. It wasn’t like I had been around the game for ten years-plus or had a wrestling background, boxing fights or judo tournaments. I didn’t have any of that. I trained MMA for four years when I walked in and fought an Olympian (Sara McMann). So a big part of me felt like I didn’t belong there quite yet. And it was hard to shake. It took my brain a while to catch up where I was at.”

Murphy would go back to the promotion when she competed on The Ultimate Fighter 26 where she fought to become the 125 pound champion. She’d make her return to the UFC Octagon for The Ultimate Fighter: A New World Champion Finale where she was an alternate and fought Barb Honchak. Murphy would go on to win that fight and would go on to win 5 of her next six fights which gave her a shot at the women’s Flyweight title.

Murphy is currently ranked third in the UFC’s Women’s Flyweight division. Murphy will face Women’s Flyweight champion Valentina Schevchenko on Saturday September 25th and it’s sure to be a great fight. Murphy proves that with hard work anyone can turn their life around. 

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FIGHTER PROFILE: VALENTINA SCHEVCHENKO

Valentina Shevchenko (red gloves) fights Liz Carmouche (blue gloves).
Valentina Shevchenko lands a punch on Liz Carmouche. Photo coutesy of Jason Da Silva USA Today Sports

One of the toughest female fighters walking the Earth today is Valentina Schevchenko. Schevchenko  has gone toe to toe with some of the best female fighters of all time including Amanda Nunes, Holly Holm, and Joanna Jędrzejczyk. Schevchenko is currently the women’s flyweight champion and she is set to defend her title at UFC 266 against Lauren Murphy. Schevchenko is the first woman to have defended the UFC Flyweight Championship belt. 

Schevchenko is of Ukrainian descent, but classifies herself as Russian. She was born on March 7, 1988, in Frunze, Kirghizia, USSR. After the fall of the Soviet Union Kirghizia became Kyrgyzstan where Schevchenko has citizenship in Kyrgyzstan. Schevchenko came from a very athletic family; her mother was a multiple time Muay Thai champion.  Her mother was also the president of Kyrgyzstan’s national Muay Thai association.  Schevchenko’s father was a soccer player and played on the  Kyrgiz national Soccer team. Schevchenko’s sister, Antonina Shevchenko is a fellow UFC fighter. 

Schevchenko’s life has been centered around Martial Arts from the young age of five, when she started Taekwondo. She took up the sport as it was a family activity that involved both her, her mother, and her sister. At age 12 she switched to Muay Thai kickboxing and freestyle Brazilian Vale Tudo. It was at this time that she got her nickname “Bullet” because of the speed she moved around the ring at. At 15 she made her professional debut in Kickboxing, Muay Thai, and MMA. From the age of 15 through 2015 Schevchenko won 50 Muay Thai and Kickboxing matches.


Schevchenko took a hiatus from her MMA career between 2006-2010 to focus on her Muay Thai and Kickboxing career. Schevchenko eventually started fighting in MMA again which led her to the UFC, where she first fought in the year 2015. Her first fight for the promotion was  as a replacement for Germaine de Randamie against Sarah Kaufman on short notice. She would win by split decision. She would then go on to face some of the best names in the UFC including Amanda Nunes, Holly Holm, and Joanna Jędrzejczyk. She lost to Amanda Nunes both times, but the second fight was so close and a split decision, that many in the fight world have called for a third fight between Nunes and Schevchenko.

On December 8th, 2018  Shevchenko won the vacant women’s flyweight title against Joanna Jędrzejczyk by unanimous decision. Since then Shevchenko has defended her title 6 times and hopes to defend it again next time out. 

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UFC 266 Preview

UFC 266: Valentina Shevchenko plans to 'destroy' Lauren Murph - Sports  Illustrated


After a pandemic and an unprecedented year of growth for the UFC, we have the best card of the year coming up with UFC 266 on Saturday September 25th 2021 at 10 PM EDT . With two title fights and the return of Nick Diaz in a 5-round bout, this is primed to be an amazing night of fights that hasn’t been seen since before the pandemic.

First off we have a fight in the women’s flyweight division between number one ranked Jessica Andrade, a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Gilliard Parana with a record of 21-9-0 coming off a loss to Valntina Shevchenko at UFC 261. Her opponent Cynthia Calvillo who is fighting out of Tiger Muay Thai, Calvillo who is ranked fifth in the division is also coming off a loss to Katlyn Chookagian. 

we have a bout between number four ranked Heavyweight Curtis Blaydes and  number six ranked Jairzinho Rozenstruik. Blaydes who sports a record of 14-3-0 with 1 no contest is looking for a quick bounce back after a KO loss to number 3 ranked Heavyweight Derrick Lewis. Rozenstruik on the other hand is coming off a TKO victory against number nine ranked heavyweight Augusto Sakai. .

Two Months ago we saw the return of Nate Diaz, but now It’s time for the other Diaz brother to make his return. Nick Diaz who has not fought since 2015 is supposedly making his return to the Octagon at UFC 266 for a rematch between himself and Robbie Lawler. Lawler is coming off four straight losses and it will be interesting to see who will win. And if so-called “Ring Rust” will be at play for Diaz who was the victor of the first time these fighters met in the octagon at UFC 47 in April of 2004. The rematch will be happening 17 years later, the longest gap between an original fight and the rematch in UFC history with a stunning 6,384 days between the two contests.

The following bout is the first of two title fights of the night between Women’s Flyweight Champion Valentina Schevchenko, and number three ranked Lauren Murphy. Schevchenko who is riding a seven win streak and looks to make it eight straight. She has become an unstoppable force in that division and is a heavy favorite to win on September 25th against third ranked Murphy. 

The main event of UFC 266 is sure to be the fight of the night as Featherweight Champion, Alexander ‘The Great’ Volkanovski is set to take on fellow TUF coach Brian Ortega in a 5 Round Championship Bout. Both of these fighters have only one loss in their professional careers. With Volkanovski riding a 19 fight win streak. Both these fighters have shown their fight IQ as coaches in The Return of The Ultimate fighter on ESPN+. And it is sure to be a great fight. Volkanovski comes in as a favorite to defend his belt but the odds are very tight and subject to change. 

It looks like it’ll be a good night of fights.

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