Valentina Shevchenko.

Report: Graphic footage shows female UFC star caught up in restaurant shootout

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According to reports out of Peru, female UFC star Valentina Shevchenko was caught up in a violent shootout at a restaurant in the county's capital city of Lima over the weekend.

As reported by Peru's El Comercio news outlet, via MMAFighting.com, the Russian bantamweight fighter was in the restaurant accompanied by her coach, Pavel Fedotov, when three robbers entered armed with guns.

They are claimed to have stolen around $1,500 dollars, "as well as cellphones, wallets and other belongings from the customers." As they were exiting the building, Fedotov is alleged to have opened fire on the assailants who, in turn, returned fire. The incident was caught on the restaurant's CCTV.


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In the footage, which can be seen below, Shevchenko can be seen in a grey hoodie coming to the aid of her coach and urging someone to make a phone call - presumably to the emergency services.


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According to reports, Fedotov - who is married to Shevchenko's sister - was taken to a nearby hospital with a stomach wound. At the time of writing, his status is unknown.

Two other customers were also injured in the shootout, which is believed to have involved around 15 shots being fired. One, a Natalie Fiorella Vera Marcos, had successful surgery to remove a bullet.

Meanwhile, one of the three armed robbers was shot and killed as he attempted to flee the restaurant. The two others made their escape on a motorcycle.

The dramatic incident, which is the subject of an investigation from Peruvian authorities, comes seven weeks out from Shevchenko's expected high-profile fight against Holly Holm at UFC on Fox on July 23.

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The fight against the former Women's Bantamweight Champion will be Shevchenko's second bout as a member of the UFC and is undoubtedly the 27-year-old's biggest test yet.

As a seven-time gold medalist in International Federation of Muaythai Amateur World Championships, the Russian-born fighter has been touted for big things in the organisation since debuting at UFC on Fox 17 back in December 2015.

Coming off the back of a defeat to Amanda Nunes at UFC 196, she will be hoping to bounce back with a statement result against Holm.

Just how the dramatic events of the past 48 hours affect her status for the fight remains to be seen. She is yet to officially comment on the situation, either via a statement or social media.

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