If you know who the UFC Strawweight Champion, Valentina Shevchenko, is, you might also know about her sister, Antonina Shevchenko. However, we are not here to talk about her sister Valentina. Instead, we are here to inform you guys about the lesser-known sister, Antonina.
The 36-year-old fighter was a Muay Thai champion before making her venture into the UFC. Thus, there are high hopes for the Krygyzstan fighter to become a UFC champion, just like her younger sister.
Many people have been curious if the sister of Antonina is anything like her sister; who is the current UFC Flyweight Champion. Antonina herself ranks at #14 at the moment.
Hence, we here at playersbio have written this article to inform you about Shevchenko’s early life to her present days with the UFC. In addition, you will also find information regarding her net worth, fight purse, age, height, sister, mother, and social media.
So let’s begin this beautiful journey of Antonina by taking a look at some quick facts.
Antonina Shevchenko: Quick Facts
|Full Name||Antonina Shevchenko|
|Birth Date||November 20, 1984|
|Birth Place||Frunze, Kirghiz SSR, Soviet Union (now Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan)|
|Nick Name||La Pantera|
|Father’s Name||Not available|
|Mother’s Name||Elena Shevchenko|
|Age||36 years old|
|Height||5’8″ (1.73 m)|
|Weight||61 kg (135 lbs)|
|Profession||Mixed Martial Arts|
|Reach||68 inch (173 cm)|
|Style||Muay Thai, Kickboxing, Boxing, Taekwondo, Judo|
|Team||Tiger Muay Thai|
|Social Media||Instagram, Twitter, Facebook|
Antonina Shevchenko: Parents & Early Life
Antonina Shevchenko was born to her mother, Elena Shevchenko, and her father, who remains unknown at the moment. She is originally from the Frunze, Kirghiz SSR, Soviet Union. Likewise, Shevchenko started to train taekwondo and muay thai when she was just five years old.
The reason being, Elena was the president of the muay thai association,, along with being a black belt in taekwondo. Consequently, both Antonina and younger sister Valentina started to train the two sports from very early on in their life.
In fact, Antonina played a crucial role in the development of UFC’s current Strawweight Champion, Valentina Shevchenko, while growing up. For example, the younger sister once said in an interview,
“When I was very young, she was the best of all girls in the competition. She was no.1. Me and the girls who were the same age as me that started to train looked up to her and wanted to be like her.”
Thus from this quote, we can easily understand what a talented fighter Antonina was even during her childhood. As a matter of fact, the Shevchenko sisters might be the most gifted sisters to ever appear in a major MMA organization.
However, at the same time, there is not much details when it comes to her educational background. From the looks of it, the whole family focused on the physical strength and MMA.
Antonina Shevchenko: Early Career
Shevchenko made her MMA debut back in 2002 and amassed a record of 3-0. However, to focus on her kickboxing career, Antonina took a 12-year break from the MMA scene.
During those 12 year hiatus, Antonina accrued an incredible record of 19 wins and one loss in her 40 matches. Thus, having dominated the muay thai scene, the Kyrgyzstan born fighter decided to return to MMA in 2017.
Subsequently, Shevchenko built up a record of 7-1 until she got a call up from the premier MMA organization, UFC, in 2018. Consequently, the muay thai world champion competed in Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series, where fighters could earn a contract with the UFC.
Thereafter, Antonina was scheduled to face Silvana Juarez on June 26, 2018. But unfortunately, Juarez suffered an undisclosed injury and was subsequently replaced by Jaimelene Nievera.
Road to UFC
Nonetheless, the Krygstan born fighter did not swerve from her ultimate goal, to become a UFC champion. Thus, with the champion’s mentality, Shevchenko comfortably won the bout via a TKO in the second round. As a consequence, Antonina earned a contract with the UFC.
After that, the 5 feet 8 fighters was scheduled to face Ashlee Evans-Smith in her debut for the UFC. But sadly, Ashlee had to withdraw from the fight due to an injury sustained during training.
Consequently, Ji Yeon Kim was brought in to replace the injured fighter. However, more controversy proceeded as Yeon Kim missed the weight by over 4.5 lbs. As a result, Ji was fined 20 percent of her fight purse, which went to Antonina.
Nonetheless, the bout proceeded at catchweight, which Shevchenko won via a unanimous decision. At that moment, the Krygyzstan beauty thought that she could now turn her dreams of becoming a champion in the UFC, just like her sister, Valentina, into reality.
However, Antonina was brought back down to earth in her very next bout. To illustrate, Shevchenko faced Roxanne Modafferi on April 20, 2019, with many placing their bets on the heavy favorite Antonina. Unfortunately, she lost the fight via a split decision after a very closely fought battle.
Nevertheless, the 5 feet 8 bantamweights, being the lion-hearted warrior she is, picked herself up won her next bout against Lucie Pudliova. This was her best performance in the UFC by far as she defeated Lucie and earned the Fight of the Night bonus award.
Currently, Antonina is scheduled to face Cynthia Calvillo at UFC Fight Night 173 on April 25, 2020. However, due to the world pandemic of Corona Virus (COVID-19), the fight may very well be postponed for a later date.
Antonina Shevchenko VS Ariane Lipski
On November 21, 2020, Antonina completely dominated the match against Ariane Lipski at UFC 255. It seems Shevchenko learned from her mistakes in previous match with Katlyn Chookagian that cost her the win. Nonetheless, the 36-year-old fighter was dropping punches after punches that the referee had to stop the match.
Despite being famous for her powerful strikes, Antonina claimed the victory with her grappling skills. The match ended in mere 4:33 in the second round.
Antonina shared her thoughts after the match. She said,
“I’m very happy to win today, I wanted it so much. I trained so hard. I just needed this victory.”
And she did indeed. This victory helped Antonina improve her UFC record to 3-2 overall while also sending clear message to her sister.
The two sisters are competing on the same UFC card and there is an immense pressure for sure.
“Of course, I had this pressure. Because a perfect performance would be if two sisters win. It’s the pressure that motivates you.”
Antonina Shevchenko: Age, Height & Body Measurements
Talking about Shevchenko’s age, she was born in the year 1984, which makes her 36 years currently. Although it might seem a bit old for an athlete, UFC fighters, on the other hand, normally reach their peak around their mid 30’s. Thus, we believe that Antonina’s best years are yet to come.
Similarly, Antonina’s zodiac sign happens to be Scorpio. These signs are known for their tenacity, passion, and zeal.
Furthermore, the 35-year-old beauty stands at 5 feet 8 inches and weighs 135 lbs, which is the perfect body measurements for a women’s bantamweight fighter. And, having fought just thrice in the UFC, Shevchenko will be in line for a title shot if she continues with her impressive form.
Added to that, Antonina has got bright brown eyes and light brown hair that just frames her face perfectly.
Antonina Shevchenko: Net Worth & Fight Purse
As of 2020, Antonina has accrued a net worth of $200,000, mainly through her kickboxing and MMA career. Unfortunately, as we all know, women employees are paid less when compared to their male counterparts.
Thus, Shevchenko’s net worth might seem a bit low. However, during her most recent fight, the 35-year-old bagged $93,500, which included $20,000 to show, a $20,000 win bonus, and a $3,500 fight week incentive pay.
— Antonina Shevchenko (@AntoninaPantera) January 11, 2021
But, her biggest bonus came as a result of the Performance of the Night award, which pocketed her a whopping $50,000.
In conclusion, we would like to urge the UFC and all other organizations to equal the pay between male and female employees. Furthermore, Antonina has only fought twice in the UFC; thus, we believe that her net worth will also increase considerably with more fights.
Antonina Shevchenko: Husband & Sister
As of now, Shevchenko is happily married to her husband and trainer, Pavel Fedotov. Furthermore, the two lovebirds met during a training session and have been together ever since.
Unfortunately, we don’t have many details regarding this matter. However, we know that the couple, along with Valentina, moved from their birth nation of Krygstan to Peru nearly a decade ago.
Aside from that Shevchenko is not involved in any rumors or controversies surrounding their relationship. Other than her relationship with Pavel, Antonina is focused solely on honing her skills inside the octagon.
Who is Valentina Shevchenko Sister?
Antonina, 36, is the older sister of Valentina Shevchenko, both of whom fight in the UFC organization. Furthermore, Valentina became the UFC Strawweight Champion after defeating the talented Joanna Jedrzejczyk back in 2018 and has remained ever since.
Both the sisters are currently happy in their respective divisions, but there have been rumors about the two sisters potentially facing each other. Although we will enjoy the battle between the two Shevchenko sisters, the same cannot be said for their parents if it happens.
Similarly, Valentina is the current UFC Women’s Flyweight Champion. She gained the title after defeating Joanna Jedrzejczyk at UFC 231. Before this, Antonina had defeated Joanna on three occasions, proving her skills even more.
Not to mention, Valentino is also considered one of the best female fighters in the world. She ranks #2 in UFC Women’s pound-for-pound rankings as of November, 2020.
Social Media Presence
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Twitter: 42.1k Followers
Facebook: 29.7k Followers