Sisters Valentina and Antonina Shevchenko each compete within the flyweight division of the UFC.
Antonina, born November 20, 1984, and aged 36, is the elder sister, whereas Valentina, who was born March 7, 1988, and aged 33 years, is youthful by three years and eight months.
Their mom is Elena Shevchenko, the president of Kyrgyzstan’s nationwide Muay Thai Affiliation and a former Muay Thai champion. Their father is Anatoly Shevchenko, a veteran of the Chilly Warfare who served within the Pacific Fleet of the Soviet Navy.
Each the sisters have been born in Frunze, the capital and largest metropolis of Kyrgyzstan, now known as Bishkek. Kyrgyzstan, additionally known as Kirghizia, was nonetheless a part of the USSR when Valentina and Antonina Shevchenko have been born. Because of this, their household had Soviet and later Kyrgyzstani citizenship.
Valentina Shevchenko started her kickboxing profession round 2000 on the age of 12, when she knocked out a 22-year-old opponent. She earned the nickname ‘Bullet’ from their lifelong coach, Pavel Fedotov, due to her velocity and agility contained in the cage.
Later in 2007, Valentina and Antonina Shevchenko traveled to Peru with Fedotov and gained Peruvian citizenship a yr later.
Valentina Shevchenko has often described herself as ‘Russian’ in media interviews. She is fluent in Russian, English, and Spanish languages, and so is Antonina Shevchenko.
Antonina Shevchenko at all times has Valentina in her nook
The 2 sisters have at all times skilled collectively since childhood. It was below the affect of Antonina and their mom that received Valentina into the game within the first place. That has not modified now that they’re within the UFC, the place Valentina is the undisputed ladies’s flyweight champion, and Antonina is ranked quantity twelve in the identical division.
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