Valentina Shevchenko is a highly talented Kyrgyzstani-Peruvian professional mixed martial artist and former Muay Thai fighter. She is the current UFC Women’s Flyweight Champion and has a remarkable record of 12 wins out of 14 fights under the UFC promotion.
Shevchenko has won 8 gold medals in the IFMA world championships and the IMFA Royal Cup, and has endorsement deals with several reputed companies.
About Valentina Shevchenko
Valentina Shevchenko, the dynamic and fearsome UFC fighter, was born on March 7, 1988, in Frunze, now known as Bishkek, the capital city of Kyrgyzstan. Growing up in a family with a rich martial arts background, Shevchenko’s immersion in the world of combat sports came naturally. While honing her skills as a fighter, she diligently pursued her studies in Kyrgyzstan, attending a local school where she balanced academics with her martial arts training. As she grew, Valentina developed into a multifaceted martial artist, mastering various disciplines such as Muay Thai, kickboxing, and mixed martial arts, which would eventually propel her to the zenith of the UFC world.
Valentina Shevchenko started practicing combat sports at an early age. She started with Taekwondo at the age of 5, thanks to her mother and sister. After 7 years, she shifted to Muay Thai and freestyle Vale Tudo. She first started her career with kickboxing in 2000.
In 2007, Shevchenko shifted to Peru for better training. She has been active in the professional Muay Thai and kickboxing scene from 2003 to 2005. Within the period, she reportedly won more than 90 matches. Additionally, the martial artist won 8 gold medals in the IFMA world championships and the IMFA Royal Cup.
Valentina Shevchenko started her professional career in mixed martial arts in April 2003. She won her first seven fights via first-round finish. Following that, she took a hiatus till 2010. In 2010, she returned to challenge future UFC contender Liz Carmouche. There she suffered her first loss due to an illegal up kick, which the referee decided not to call foul. After another successive fight, she took a second break from MMA.
In 2014, Shevchenko signed a deal with Legacy Fighting Championship for MMA and kickboxing. After one successful fight, she shifted to UFC. So far, she has competed in 14 matches and won 12 of them under the UFC promotion. The player also achieved the UFC Women’s flyweight championship in 2018, which she successfully defended to this date. Currently, she is ranked 2nd in the UFC women’s pound-for-pound rankings.
|Full Name||Valentina Anatolievna Shevchenko|
|Born||March 7, 1988|
|Height||5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)|
|Weight||125 lb (57 kg)|
|Birthplace||Frunze, Kirghiz SSR|
|Present Residence||Las Vegas, Nevada; Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan|
|Nationality||Kyrgyzstani and Peruvian|
|Net Worth||$5 million|
|Father name||Anatoly Shevchenko|
|Mother name||Elena Shevchenko|
Valentina Shevchenko Net Worth, Salary, and Earnings
As of 2023, Valentina Shevchenko’s net worth stands at an impressive $5 million, a testament to her remarkable success in the UFC. Over the course of her professional career, Shevchenko has amassed more than $2.7 million in earnings, solidifying her status as a top-tier fighter.
Presently, she enjoys an average guaranteed purse of $350,000 per fight under the UFC promotion. Let’s delve deeper into her recent bout income to better understand the financial landscape of this formidable athlete:
An Overview of Her Income from Recent Events:
|Event||Guaranteed Purse||Other Bonus||Endorsement||Total|
|UFC Fight Night: Shevchenko vs. Carmouche 2||$110,000||$110,000||$40,000||$260,000|
In addition to her earnings from her remarkable fighting career, Valentina Shevchenko has attracted a formidable lineup of endorsement partnerships. These collaborations not only reflect her status as a leading athlete but also contribute significantly to her financial success.
Among her current endorsements are renowned brands such as GuardLab, Smith & Wesson Corp, LUCHO Shoes, Girls with Guns Clothing, Brownells Inc, and VEO Sports. Thanks to these lucrative deals, Shevchenko reportedly rakes in over $1.5 million per year, further solidifying her position as a powerhouse both in and out of the Octagon.
Professional Boxing Record
Professional Kickboxing Record
Professional Mixed Martial Arts Record
UFC Stats: 2022 YTD
|Significant Strikes Landed per Minute||3.19|
|Significant Striking Accuracy||52%|
|Significant Strikes Absorbed per Minute||1.9|
|Significant Strike Defense||63%|
|Avg Takedowns Landed per 15min||2.53|
|Avg Submissions Attempted per 15min||0.4|
Valentina Shevchenko’s Boyfriend/Husband
Valentina Shevchenko is currently not married and is not in a relationship. She is solely focused on developing her career in MMA and is ranked 2nd in the UFC women’s pound-for-pound rankings.
Valentina Shevchenko is 35 years old (as of 2023).
Height and Weight
The Kyrgyzstani-Peruvian mixed martial artist has a height of 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m), and she weighs 125 lb (57 kg). She competes in the flyweight division at UFC, where she is the current champion. Additionally, she is ranked 2nd in the UFC women’s pound-for-pound rankings.
Valentina Shevchenko has earned the in-ring nickname “Bullet.” She earned the nickname from her kickboxing trainer when she knocked out a 22-years old professional opponent at the age of 12.