Antonina Shevchenko


Blown out by Katlyn Chookagian
May 30, 2020
Shevchenko lost to Katlyn Chookagian via unanimous decision (25-30, 25-30, 25-30) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
After seeing this fight, it's nearly impossible to believe Shevchenko entered as a (-145) favorite. To say she was dominated by Chookagian would be the understatement of the century. She spent nearly the entirety of the first two rounds on her back and accomplished nothing offensively outside of a handful of meaningless strikes at the early stages of Round 3. The only positive of Antonina's evening was the fact she survived multiple deep submission attempts from Chookagian in Round 1. It was such a poor effort that it makes you wonder if Shevchenko was ill or injured coming into the bout. Shevchenko has clearly been over hyped due to the fact her younger sister Valentina is the UFC Women's Flyweight Champion and arguably the best pound-for-pound fighter in the sport. Antonina turn 36 years of age this coming November and is 1-2 in her past three bouts. Her future is bleak.
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Nearing agreement for May 30 bout
May 21, 2020
Shevchenko (8-1, 2-1 UFC) is finalizing an agreement to square off against Katlyn Chookagian (13-3, 9-3 UFC) in a flyweight matchup on the May 30 UFC card, reports.
Shevchenko bounced back from her first professional defeat with a win over Lucie Pudilova via submission in the second round last August. While she carries slightly better marks in significant strikes landed per minute (4.90 to 4.11) and strike defense rate (65 to 63 percent) than her opponent, and will have an inch of height and reach on her opponent, Shevchenko has nowhere near the track record of Chookagian to date. Despite that fact, Shevchenko is currently a (-145) betting favorite as of Sunday afternoon.
Booked for UFC Lincoln
January 24, 2020
Shevchenko will square off against Cynthia Calvillo at UFC Lincon on April 25.
Shevchenko bounce back from her first professional loss nicely with a win in August, besting Lucie Pudilova via technical submission in the second round. She owns a 2-1-0 mark since joining the UFC via Dana White's Contender Series and will aim to boost her stock against Calvillo, who sports an 8-1-1 professional mark and a 5-1-1 record in the UFC promotion.
Looks strong in dominant win
August 3, 2019
Shevchenko defeated Lucie Pudilova via technical submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:20 of Round 2 at UFC on ESPN 5 on Saturday in Newark, New Jersey.
It was by far the best performance for Shevchenko's brief three-fight UFC run. She defended four of Pudilova's five takedown attempts, and used her physicality to consistently control the pace of the bout at the point of attack. Antonina's striking defense remains a concern and she doesn't possess the overwhelming offensive attack of her more famous sister, but she will win more than her fair share of fights if she consistently attacks her opposition like she did on Saturday. Not only did this fight get her back in the win column, but Shevchenko will go home with an extra $50,000 after earning Fight of the Night honors.
Scheduled for UFC Newark
June 25, 2019
Shevchenko has been added to the UFC Newark card ina bout versus Lucie Pudilova.
Shevchenko and Pudilova possess identical heights (5-foot-8), weights (125) and reaches, meaning neither fighter will have an advantage in that regard. Shevchenko holds a statistical edge in strikes landed per minute (5.29 to 4.87), strikes absorbed per minute (2.09 to 4.21) and takedowns averaged per 15 minutes (0.78 to 0). Given the pair's limited combined takedowns, it would be reasonable to expect this bout to remain upright for the vast majority.
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.