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Valentina Shevchenko Statement on Shooting; Coach Saved My Life

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Valentina Shevchenko Statement on Shooting; Coach Saved My Life

UFC women’s bantamweight fighter Valentina Shevchenko has released a statement regarding the fatal shooting in which she was involved with just days ago.  Shevchenko and her coach, Pavel Fedotov were eating at a restaurant in Peru when the attack happened.  Fedotov was shot in the stomach and is recovering.  One restaurant patron was killed by the gunmen.  Before being shot himself, Fedotov was able to shoot and kill one of the gunmen.

Valentina Shevchenko’s statement below:

“Thank you so much dear friends for all the moral support in this very hard time that I and my family are going through!

On Sunday my coach master Pavel risked his life to defend me and the people that I was having dinner at the local restaurant.

I was at the back of the restaurant, and I’ve seen how the thieves went from table to table hitting the diners and snatching their belongings without anyone being able to help them. When they were getting closer towards our table, Pavel acted very determined and bravely.

If criminals would have found the gun he was carrying they would have thought that he was a cop, and very likely that they would have killed him with his own gun.

The Act of Pavel was not only in self-defense, but also the defense of my life and also of the people who were by my side!

Now Pavel is recovering thanks to God!”

Shevchenko fights Holly Holm in the main event at UFC Chicago next month.


  1. Just curious. What did Pavel do?