Valentina Shevchenko leaves Katlyn Chookagian a bloody mess to retain UFC flyweight title – The Sun

VALENTINA SHEVCHENKO produced another dominant display as she left Katlyn Chookagian a bloody mess with a TKO at UFC 247.

The flyweight champion proved once again she is one of the best pound-for-pound fighters on the planet with a superb performance in Houston, Texas.

 Valentina Shevchenko successfully retained her flyweight title at UFC 247

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Valentina Shevchenko successfully retained her flyweight title at UFC 247Credit: Getty Images – Getty
 Katlyn Chookagian was left a bloody mess thanks to the Bullet

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Katlyn Chookagian was left a bloody mess thanks to the BulletCredit: Getty Images – Getty
 Shevchenko won in the third via TKO after earlier cutting Chookagian open with an elbow

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Shevchenko won in the third via TKO after earlier cutting Chookagian open with an elbowCredit: Getty Images

And Dana White must be left wondering who is next for the 31-year-old Kyrgystan star.

“I feel there are a lot of good girls in the division and I still have to fight them,” said the champ after her successful defence.

“But I’m open to any fight.”

The pair began the first tentatively with an exchange of kicks but the challenger faked one and rushed in but was met by a hard spinning backfist.

Shevchenko then dragged Chookagian to the mat but had to wait until the final seconds of the round before finally dishing out some real punishment.

She landed a huge hard elbow to slice open Chookagian open above her left eye as blood began to pour down her face as the horn sounded.

Her cut man earned his coin but the champ continued her dominance in the second as she landed a spinning back-kick to the body.

Chookagian’s cut was leaking again as blood streamed out, Shevchenko landing a wheelkick across the face and an axe kick to the arms.

Mercifully it would be over just a minute and three seconds into the third.

Shevchenko landed several short punches to send Chookagian scrambling.

The challenger was unable to swim her way out of the storm of punches as the referee stepped in.

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