AKIPRESS.COM - Valentina Shevchenko claimed a flyweight UFC championship on Saturday night at UFC 231 with a dominant decision over Joanna Jedrzejczyk at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
The win ended a long and frustrating road to gold for Shevchenko after her expected title challenges against Nicco Montano failed to come together throughout all of 2018.
And now the 30-year-old champion, a native of Kyrgyzstan, plans to make the 125-pound belt one of the more active UFC titles in rotation once the calendar hits 2019, according to MMA Fighting.
After the fight, she posted on her Instagram page to be happy to get a call from president of Kyrgyzstan Sooronbai Jeenbekov and thanked him for congratulations.
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Приятно было получить телефонный звонок, сразу после боя , от президента Кыргызстана Жеенбекова Сооронбая Шариповича! Спасибо большое за поздравления ! 🙂🙂🙂 So happy to get the call , right after my fight , from president of Kyrgyzstan 🇰🇬 Jeenbekov Sooronbay! Thank you very much for congratulations!!!