Antonina Shevchenko



Struggles continue in Vegas
October 2, 2021
Shevchenko lost to Casey O'Neill via TKO (punches) at 4:47 of Round 2 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
O'Neill is a legitimate top prospect and true threat to wear potential UFC gold one day, but Shevchenko has shown more bad than good since arriving on the scene in November 2018, and this was one of her worst performances to date. Like her sister, Antonina has proven to be a strong striker, but her wrestling game, particularly her takedown defense, has been her downfall. O'Neill got her to the mat on three of eight attempts, good for nearly six minutes worth of control time. Shevchenko has been poor in terms of making in-fight adjustments and hasn't displayed the ability to stop her opposition. Antonina may have a longer leash than most because of Valentina, but the elder Shevchenko will be 37 years of age in late November and has lost three of her past four fights.
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Taking on undefeated O'Neill
August 26, 2021
Shevchenko is scheduled to fight Casey O'Neill at UFC Vegas 38 on Oct. 2, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
Shevchenko has lost two of her last three fights, so she's not likely to be favored against an undefeated opponent in O'Neill. Shevchenko has a two-inch height advantage but a disadvantage of one inch in reach.
Inconsistent ways continue
May 15, 2021
Shevchenko lost to Andrea Lee via submission (triangle armbar) at 4:52 of Round 2 at UFC 262 on Saturday in Houston.
Shevchenko was competitive for five minutes before Lee ran her out of the Toyota Center. Antonina found herself in a triangle moments into Round 2 and was never able to recover. She actually did a decent job of hanging on while being dominated on the ground, but this one was over as soon as Lee fully committed to the armbar late in the frame. Shevchenko has now alternated wins and losses since arriving on the scene back in November 2018, and we should expect more of that moving forward. Antonina is perfectly competent on the feet, but she's 36 years old and doesn't fight with anywhere near the physicality of her all-world younger sister, Valentina. It's not a great combination.
Next fight May 15
February 25, 2021
Shevchenko will square off against Andrea Lee on the May 15 UFC card, reports.
Shevchenko finished off Ariane Lipski in the second round of her November bout via TKO (strikes) to move her record to 3-2-0 since signing on the dotted line with the UFC. Next up is a fighter in Lee who is looking for redemption after three straight losses via decision. Shevchenko doesn't quite hold the volume statistics over her opponent and will have to make sure she's on point with Lee likely to attempt numerous takedowns. Shevchenko does have two inches of height in her corner but will also yield two inches of reach to her opponent.
Rebounds with big TKO win
November 21, 2020
Shevchenko defeated Ariane Lipski via TKO (strikes) at 4:33 of Round 2 at UFC 255 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
It goes in the books as a knockout win for Shevchenko, but she won this fight by routing Lipski on the mat. Antonina got popped repeatedly in the very rare instances in which this fight was contested on the feet, but Lipski's completely inability to defend herself on the ground resulted in Shevchenko racking up a bunch of control time before finishing Lipski off with ground-and-pound. The effort here was later rewarded with a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus. Antonina is good enough to defeat fringe roster fighters, but she figures to remain inconsistent moving forward. She turned 36 years of age on Friday and has now alternated wins and losses in her first five official UFC bouts.
Next fight scheduled
August 14, 2020
Shevchenko will take on Ariane Lipski in a flyweight matchup at UFC 255 on Nov. 21, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
Shevchenko will return to the Octagon for the first time since suffering a loss to Katlyn Chookagian via unanimous decision in late May, a fight in which Shevchenko looked completely outmatched. Shevchenko was a favorite heading into the matchup but failed to live up to expectations. Lipski has picked up two consecutive wins, most recently defeating Luana Carolina via submission (Kneebar) in July. Shevchenko carries advantages in height and reach.