Antonina Shevchenko


Shows holes in her games
April 20, 2019
Shevchenko lost to Roxanne Modafferi via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Saint Petersburg.
Shevchenko did have a lot of hype coming into the fight, but in the end, she could not deal with the gamesmanship on the veteran. She tried to flex her striking in the beginning of the fight, but in the end it opened up too many opportunities for Modafferi to score takedowns. That was the story of the fight. She is not young in her career, and she clearly needs more work on her wrestling.
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Puts on striking clinic
November 30, 2018
Shevchenko defeated Ji Yeon Kim via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) at The Ultimate Fighter 28 Finale in Las Vegas on Friday.
Kim applied her standard relentless pressure but Shevchenko showed some sharp counter striking in this fight, stinging her opponent on the way in and controlling range with kicks to the body and face. While she wasn't quite able to grab a finish, Shevchenko proved that her length and skills will make her a tough out against most fighters in the division. She moves to a perfect 7-0 in her MMA career as a result of the victory
Fight vs. Kim to proceed as normal
November 29, 2018
Shevchenko's fight against Ji Yeon Kim will proceed as scheduled at TUF 28 Finale despite Kim missing weight by 4.5 pounds, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
Kim weighed in at 130.5 pounds Thursday morning, but Shevchecnko will still let the fight continue as scheduled while taking 30 percent of Kim's purse. This will be Shevchenko's UFC debut.
Gets new opponent for TUF Finale
November 8, 2018
Shevchenko is now booked to fight Ji Yeon Kim at the TUF 28 Finale on Nov. 30 after Ashlee Evans-Smith was forced to withdraw for an undisclosed reason, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
It's just a minor bump in the road for Shevchenko's UFC debut, as the fight will still go on, just against a new opponent. Kim boasts a 2-1 record in the UFC and is coming off a win over Melinda Fabian via split decision at UFC Fight Night 132.
Booked for UFC debut
September 6, 2018
Shevchenko will take on Ashlee Evans-Smith at the TUF Finale on Nov. 30 in Las Vegas, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
Shevchenko boasts an undefeated 6-0 record in her MMA career, and she earned a UFC contract after a victory over Jaymee Nievara via TKO in Dana White' Tuesday Night Contender Series in June. Her opponent, Evans-Smith, has been with the since 2014 but has gone just 3-3 in her six competitions under contract.
Joins younger sister Valentina in UFC
June 27, 2018
Shevchenko earned a UFC contract with a victory over Jaimelene Nievera via TKO (knees) at 3:22 of Round 2 at Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender series.
Shevchenko will join her sister Valentina to become the first pair of sisters on the UFC roster, and the similarities were striking. Antonina frequently used her Muay Thai background in this matchup, which was evident with a barrage of knees when the two fighters were locked up in the clinch. It was clear Nievera wanted to get this matchup to the ground early, but Shevchenko had none of it, and even landed an early knockdown. Nievera eventually got her wish in the first round, but it spelled bad news, as Shevchenko transitioned to half guard and unloaded ground-and-pound that resulted in a cut that nearly stopped the fight. The second round was more of the same. Shevchenko beat her up on the feet for the first few minutes, landing another big right and unleashing more damage in the clinch to eventually open the cut back up. Finally -- and likely a little late -- referee Herb Dean stepped in to stop the fight when Shevchenko had Nievera pinned up against the fence, unleashing several brutal knees to the head and midsection. Shevchenko isn't ready for top-tier competition just yet, as there are a few slight gaps in her submission defense, but the 33-year-old has the frame, genetrics and athleticism to eventually make a run in the bantamweight division.