Current UFC Women’s Flyweight division contender and former bantamweight title challenger Valentina Shevchenko’s sister Antonina Shevchenko (3-0 MMA) signed to compete at Dana White’s Tuesday night contender series back in March. Antonina is fresh from her victory as she defend her Lion Fight women’s super lightweight title against Claire Baxter at Lion Fight 42 at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut.
Just like the previous web series ‘Looking for a fight’, the goal of the series is to scout talent for the UFC. This got the MMA community very excited as to how would Antonina do in the show and will she get the contract to fight in the UFC. The Shevchenko sisters do everything together, be it dominating the Muay Thai world, to making transition into MMA and now fighting at the same weight class.
Antonina Shevchenko confirmed to Ariel Helwani on The MMA hour, that she’ll be fighting in the same division at Dana White’s Tuesday night contender series as her sister’s. When asked about their potential collision in the future due to steep nature of the division, she clearly denied the possibility of fighting her sister.
“I don’t think so,” Antonina said. “Of course, we’ll never fight as sisters. Valentina now is No. 1 contender at flyweight. I’m sure in a few months she will be the champion of this division. If I win this fight in Contender Series, I will be just entering UFC. There will be a hard, long way before you become No. 3, No. 5, No. 1. it’ll be a long way and hard way, so we’ll see.”
When asked about her decision to fight at 125, when she has completed at 145 and 135 in other combat sports, she confidently said, “They cut weight so much and the girls at 135 they are too big for me, It’ll be better for me to fight at 125 in UFC.”
If she wins a contract, Antonina Shevchenko would like to return in July.
“If it will happen, then yes of course,” Antonina said of giving up Muay Thai and kickboxing. “UFC is a huge, huge organization and has the best fighters in the world of MMA. It’ll be a great challenge for me as a martial artist.”
Antonina said her transition to the UFC would be relatively eeasy as she her sister Valentina on her side.
“For me, it wouldn’t be intimidating, because I did more than 20 years of [martial arts],” Antonina said. “I had professional fights in different countries, in different states than many fighters I have [fought]. But in many ways I know how it is with UFC fights from inside. Every procedure fighters do during fight week is all familiar now to me. For me, it’s just more comfortable, I think.”