Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series is returning for a second season and some of the bookings are interesting indeed. Just revealed: that women’s flyweight contender Valentina “Bullet” Shevchenko’s sister Antonina will fight on the show, with an impressive win potentially rocketing her right into a UFC contract.
Antonina’s participation in DWTNCS was initially revealed by Brazilian reporter Raphael Marinho and confirmed by Kings MMA
Irmã de Valentina Shevchenko, Antonina vai participar da próxima temporada do Contender Series americano. A lutadora, invicta em três combates, deve lutar em junho. #feedmma— Raphael Marinho (@raphamarinho) March 24, 2018
JUST IN: Sister of Valentina Shevchenko, Antonina Shevchenko (3-0) has signed to compete on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series, a source confirms. First reported by @raphamarinho #UFC #ContenderSeries pic.twitter.com/3AvlapYr49— Nolan King (@mma_kings) March 24, 2018
Antonina “Pantera” Shevchenko has been kickboxing competitively for nearly 15 years and is 4-0 or 7-0 in MMA depending on who you ask. Before she makes her Contender Series debut in June, she’ll be defending her Lion Fights Muay Thai belt on April 21st.
Her sister Valentina just landed in the women’s flyweight division with a bang, beating UFC newcomer Priscila Cachoeira so badly over two rounds that it caused an uproar about the dangers of matchmaking Shevchenko against lesser opposition. We’ll have to see what Antonina can bring into the cage, but given her lengthy combat sports resume we imagine this will be another Shevchenko that the womens’ divisions will have to worry about.
You can catch a glimpse of what she brings to the table in this fight highlight: