Valentina won’t be the only Shevchenko sister showing off her skills in the Octagon in the near future.
Antonina Shevchenko, Valentina’s older sibling, will face Ashlee Evans-Smith in a flyweight bout at the TUF 28 Finale on Nov. 30 in Las Vegas, sources confirmed Thursday with MMA Fighting. ESPN was the first to report the news.
Shevchenko (6-0) earned a UFC contract with a second-round TKO over Jaymee Nievara at Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series back in June. The Kyrgyzstan native is a multiple-time Muay Thai world champion, like her sister. Shevchenko, 33, has been competing in combat sports as a professional for 15 years.
Evans-Smith (6-3) is coming off a unanimous decision win over Bec Rawlings at UFC 223 in April. That victory snapped a two-fight losing streak for the California native. Evans-Smith, 31, moved down to flyweight for the Rawlings about after spending her entire career at either featherweight or bantamweight.
The TUF 28 Finale does not yet have an announced main event. The finals of The Ultimate Fighter 28 tournaments at women’s featherweight and men’s heavyweight will be decided on the card.