Valentina Shevchenko vs. Joanne Calderwood Booked for UFC 251 in June

Valentina Shevchenko vs. Joanne Calderwood Booked for UFC 251 in June

By Ross Markey

Valentina Shevchenko will attempt her fourth title defence on June 6th. at UFC 251

A flyweight title matchup between reigning champion, Valentina ‘Bullet’ Shevchenko, and perennial contender, Joanne ‘JoJo’ Calderwood is expected to feature at UFC 251 on June 6th. Shevchenko recently managed a ground-and-pound victory over Katlyn Chookagian at UFC 247 earlier this month, with Scottish Muay Thai practitioner, Calderwood, managed a narrow, split decision triumph over Angela Lee at UFC 242 last September. News of the pairing was initially reported by ESPN staff writer, Brett Okamoto.

Since her move to 125-pounds back in February of 2018, Kyrgyzstan native, Shevchenko, has been simply unstoppable. Five straight wins, and three consecutive successful title defences. The 31-year-old recently finished the aforementioned Chookagian, after a dominant rematch win over Liz Carmouche, and a highlight-reel high-kick knockout of Jessica Eye last June.

Irvine native, Calderwood earns her first Octagon championship opportunity in June, following three wins and a single defeat since her return to flyweight. The 33-year-old striker has lodged victories over Kalindra Faria, Ariane Lipski, and as noted earlier, bested Angela Lee back at UFC 242. Calderwood has a storied kickboxing background, having competed in Thailand, England and her native Scotland before her Octagon debut back in 2015.

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