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Despite being caught in shootout, Valentina Shevchenko never considered pulling out of Holly Holm fight

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In preparation for the biggest fight in her career, Valentina Shevchenko was caught in a robbery shootout in Lima, Peru where her long-time coach Pavel Fedotov was shot.

The unfortunate event occurred on May 30, when three robbers walked into a fried chicken restaurant in the Chorrilos district of Lima. Shevchenko and Fedotov were eating at the restaurant at the time the robbery happened. As the robbers were fleeing the scene, Pavel decided to take matters to his own hands, pulling out a firearm he was carrying and opening fire at the robbers, igniting the shootout that got him shot in the abdomen.

Soon after the incident, Fedotov was rushed to the hospital, and even under that circumstance Fedotov wasn’t going to allow his pupil to withdraw from her pivotal fight with former UFC woman’s bantamweight champion Holly Holm at UFC on Fox 20.

“Even being in the hospital on the next few days, Pavel said, ‘doesn’t matter what happens, you should take this fight, and don’t think about nothing’,” Shevchenko explained on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour. “I didn’t consider not one small opportunity to refuse the fight. I was really like mentally that I would continue my preparation.

“I was physically in shock, and I couldn’t train for a week because it was a very deep situation for me, but I knew days [later] I would start my preparation. And when I started my preparation, I was totally in this process thinking only about the fight, thinking how to put me in a very good form, sharpen me, and I was thinking only about it. This is how this whole situation was and we went through it.”

Apart from telling Shevchenko to continue fighting, Fedotov kept coaching and advising her to the best of his capability. ‘The Bullet’ says she ….View full article

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