Shevchenko explains the reason for his vocal presence during his sister’s fights


UFC women’s flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko has opened up about why she’s so vocal from the corner during her sister Antonina’s fights.

There are two inevitables in an Antonina Shevchenko fight: one, a technical Muay Thai striking style, and two, “HEYYYYYYY!” “It’s Valentina yelling, if that wasn’t clear…”

Whether it’s a head shot, a kick to the arm, or a shot that connects to her opponent’s defenses, Valentina is always there to let the judges know when her fighter has established some kind of contact. This was most recently evident at UFC Vegas 58 when “La Pantera” controversially picked up a decision victory over Cortney Casey.

It was a scene that blended the worlds of MMA and tennis – only, instead of a Maria Sharapova-like growl after each swing, each of Antonina’s punches was accompanied by a soundtrack from the Queen. octagon seated flyweights.

Turns out, rather than just enthusiasm for his sister’s performance, there’s a legitimate reason rooted in combat sports history behind the delightful noises Shevchenko gives us, which every fan no doubt loves. hearing with action…

Shevchenko: “This is the exact style of Muay Thai fighting”

During a recent interview with Darren Paltrowitz, Shevchenko was asked where the unique corner cries come from and if it has anything to do with the added pressure that pinning his sister can bring.

Curiously, “Bullet” revealed that the vocal presence actually stems from Thailand’s combat sports culture, which Kyrgyzstan is well aware of having had an illustrious Muay Thai career that included championships under the IFMA and WMC banners.

“You know, it’s funny, because that’s exactly the fighting style of Muay Thai, Muay Thai and Thai boxing. This is how fighters react to every blow, every strike,” Shevchenko said. “You know, it’s like culture, Thai culture. You hear there’s not one or two people shouting ‘Hey! Hey!’ with every strike, but then you hear the whole stadium screaming the sound. It’s kind of like, awesome. It takes you deep through the soul.

“I felt that, and I know how it sounds and how it feels. I would like more people to learn about this amazing Thai culture,” Shevchenko added. “Me, being a 17-time Muay World Champion Thai, I really want to bring more Thai boxing culture into mixed martial arts.”

For those who would rather not be honored by Shevchenko’s screams during the Antonina fights, sorry folks, it’s apparently here to stay.

Luckily for those folks, though, it’s hard to imagine Trevor Wittman and Eugene Bareman following suit, so it’s likely to remain a rare occurrence.

What do you think of Valentina Shevchenko’s corner approach in Sister Antonina fights?


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