UFC flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko stuns Chicago crowd with early knockout last weekend against Jessica Eye at UFC 238

If anyone wondered if becoming champion would mentally mess with current UFC women’s flyweight champion, Valentina Shevchenko, it took her just over a round to show that she is exactly where she belongs. In one of the most brutal head kick knockouts in the women’s division and maybe in the sport in general, Shevchenko knocked out Jessica Eye in the co-main event of UFC 238 from the United Center in Chicago last weekend. “Of course, I’m very happy to finish it this way by KO,” explained Shevchenko. “I was expecting a hard fight because I know Jessica got all the way to the #1 contender and she wouldn’t have got there easily, but she did everything in her part in the fight.”

Shevchenko is riding a three-fight win streak now and is one of the most feared strikers in the division. Before knocking out Eye she bested former champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk and completely tore apart Priscila Cachoeira and continues to show no remorse for any of her handy work. “First of all, of course it’s a sport. Its MMA. We are training for this,” said Shevchenko. “If you are not doing this kind of KO, you will get this kind of KO and no one wants to get it. That why we are training very hard to be better than our opponents. And of course, everyone that steps into the octagon, they know what they can get.”

The big question is who will be the next one to challenge Shevchenko for the title. Katlyn Chookagian is ranked #2 in the division and after her win over Joanne Calderwood on the same night, seems to be the most logical choice. But as we have seen in the past with title fights, logic takes a back seat to entertainment value sometimes. For Shevchenko, the opponent doesn’t seem to matter and taking little damage in this past fight, seems ready for her next bout in a few months. “I think maybe three or four months from here would be nice because I can still recover my energy and recharge for the next fight,” explained Shevchenko. “I don’t want to think about a next opponent right now. Tonight, I just want to celebrate my first belt defense.”

Photo by: Nicholas Cunningham

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