Valentina Shevchenko has spoken about how having Halle Berry in attendance at UFC 247 helped motivate her to get a finish over Katlyn Chookagian.
Shevchenko successfully made the third defense of her flyweight title at Saturday night’s UFC 247 event, defeating Katlyn Chookagian via third-round TKO.
The 31-year-old says having her close friend and award-winning actress in attendance was a big motivator for her.
“I’m so happy that she came. It was one of the biggest motivations for me. Before the fight, she went to our changing rooms when I was warming up. She said, ‘Best wishes,’ and it was amazing. Yes, definitely, it was one of the reasons why I felt I had to finish the fight sooner,” Shevchenko told the Eurobash podcast.
Also known as the ‘Bullet’, Shevchenko recently shot a movie with Berry named ‘Bruised’. The UFC champ explains how her pal actually took her time to learn MMA techniques in preparation for shooting.
“You know, she is very good,” said Shevchenko. “For this film she was preparing, and she was preparing for more than three years doing Muay Thai, MMA, boxing, every kind of martial arts. I can say from a professional point of view, she is in excellent shape, she is in good form…and yes, she is a fighter now. She is an actress and a fighter.”
‘UFC 247: Jones vs. Reyes’ took place this past Saturday from the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, United States.