Valentina Shevchenko UFC Flyweight Champion
Valentina Shevchenko, UFC women's flyweight champion | Pic: Facebook/ bulletvalentina

Valentina Shevchenko makes the third defense of her flyweight title against Katlyn Chookagian. The pair squares off in the scheduled for five rounds championship bout, which serves as a co-main event of UFC Houston pay-per-view fight card, the promotion announced on Wednesday. The event held at Toyota Center on February 9 (AEST) is headlined by a five-round light heavyweight title bout between the champion Jon Jones and challenger Dominick Reyes.

Valentina Shevchenko (18-3) is riding the four-fight win streak. Former UFC women’s bantamweight title challenger, earned a vacant belt in the women’s flyweight division by unanimous decision against Joanna Jedrzejczyk in December 2018. In her first title defense this past June “The Bullet” stopped Jessica Eye in the second round with head kick. In her previous bout in August she retained the belt by unanimous decision against Liz Carmouche.

Prior completely switching to mixed martial arts, Valentina Schevchenko has competed in Muay Thai and kickboxing, winning numerous titles. She has also recorded 2-0 in pro boxing.

Katlyn Chookagian (13-2) won two of her previous bouts by unanimous decision. Early this month she defeated Jennifer Maia, following the win against Joanne Calderwood scored in June.

UFC Houston is also expected to see Derrick Lewis and Ilir Latifi, squaring off at heavyweight, and Mirsad Bektic and Dan Ige, battling it out at featherweight. The announced to date list of matchups can be found below.

Light Heavyweight Jone Jones vs. Dominick Reyes

Women’s Flyweight Valentina Shevchenko vs. Katlyn Chookagian

Heavyweight Derrick Lewis vs. Ilir Latifi

Women’s Flyweight Lauren Murphy vs. Andrea Lee

Heavyweight Juan Adams vs. Justin Tafa

Featherweight Mirsad Bektic vs. Dan Ige