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UFC's Valentina Shevchenko openly discusses shooting in Peru, 'It was us or them'

Crazy things tend to happen under the mixed martial arts (MMA) umbrella. Flash knockouts, suffocating submissions, and head-splitting cuts are just a few unpredictable results produced by the in-cage madness.

But along the way, MMA sometimes takes a backseat to the unscripted terror that lurks around in everyday life. Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women's Bantamweight contender Valentina Shevchenko discovered these troubles the hard way when she found herself caught in the middle of a restaurant shooting last month in Peru.

Shevchencko, better known by her now ironic moniker "Bullet," escaped with zero injuries, but her manager was shot and hospitalized while attempting to stop the insanity.

In a recent interview with TMZ Sports (shown above), the 28-year-old Shevchenko detailed her harrowing experience.

"You never know when it's happening," said Shevchenko. "Why me? Why is this happening to me? Why right now? It cannot be like this right now."

The Russian striker was eluding to the fact that she's currently in training to meet Holly Holm at UFC on FOX 20 on July 23. Making split-second decisions to escape a restaurant shooting unharmed probably wasn't in the gameplan leading up to the important divisional bout.

"When it happened it was just a second," added Shevchenko. "Without thinking, it was just action. And when I saw that the robbers were close to us, it was very scary. They could give a shot for everybody without saying nothing. So it was you go, or they go."

Luckily, no long-lasting damage was done to Shevchenko's manager, Pavel Fedotov. Hopefully the entire team is able to get their minds right leading into one of the most important divisional tilts of 2016.

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