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Sisterly Bond: Antonina Shevchenko says, ‘Valentina, you are our champion!’ amid draw controversy

The second match between Valentina Shevchenko and Alexa Grasso was controversially ruled a draw
The second match between Valentina Shevchenko and Alexa Grasso was controversially ruled a draw

Following Valentina Shevchenko’s good performance and the controversial draw ruled by the judge, her sister Antonina has taken to Instagram to comfort and encourage her, saying, ‘Valentina, you are our champion!’


Many think the judge’s call was a terrible one, and one of them is Daniel Cormier, a former champion who was present at the commentators’ corner.

Alexa attacks Valentina

Alexa attacks Valentina

Below is Antonina’s full statement.

‘Valentina you are our champion! @bulletvalentina
I am so sorry that instead of a deserved victory, the result of the fight was a “Draw”.
Which makes me terribly angry and sad!
That because of the meanness of one judge, who scored 5th round as 10-8, today you are not with the belt, as it should be!
I can’t understand where this score came out for him. When half of the round you outstriked your opponent with the hands, and half of the round she was taking your back and sitting there and holding the position. Yes, it was a control time, but no damage. So, 10-8 in round like it??
Unfortunately, the judge could not and will not be able to explain his decision. And many martial arts experts around the world have many questions for him.

Valentina Shevchenko

Valentina Shevchenko

‘You are my hero!
In the first round, you broke a thumb and without even blinking an eye, you continued boxing for all 5 rounds, showing your courage and character! And you didn’t even tell us anything about this injury between rounds, when our coach gave you the instructions of continuing the fight mostly with boxing and punches.
And you didn’t complain in 3rd round about 5 illegal knees that your opponent landed to the head! You continued the fight like a warrior!

‘Please don’t be upset, my dear sister!
Everyone who saw this fight knows that you are the winner! It was a beautiful, spectacular fight between two high level opponents, with amazing MMA technique, which can be watched over and over.
I admire your technique, your strong personality, will power, fanaticism, love for martial arts and life in general! You are my example! I love you ♥️
And let’s go into the next one! 💪💪
#UFC #FightNight.’

Valentina Shevchenko will meet Alexa Grasso for the second rematch, after losing her flyweight belt to her in the last two. Many believe Shevchenko is more likely to win, though their skills are closely matched.

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