The multi-talented Valentina Shevchenko will add UFC analyst to her list of accomplishments – and she’ll do it in Spanish.
FOX Sports officials today told MMAjunkie that Shevchenko (15-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC) will join Fabricio Werdum and Troy Santiago on the FOX Deportes broadcast of this weekend’s UFC Fight Night 129 event in Santiago, Chile.
“When I got the call to be an analyst for the UFC Fight Night in Chile, I didn’t have to think about it,” Shevchenko told MMAjunkie. “To me, it’s a beautiful opportunity to share this great night of fights with all the UFC fans.”
Shevchenko was born in Kyrgyzstan but spent several years living and training in Peru, where she learned to speak Spanish. “Bullet” said she never had a chance to visit Chile but hopes to find herself on a future card in the country now that the UFC is visiting South American countries outside of Brazil.
“Even though I lived in Latin America for many years, I never had the opportunity to visit Chile, but I know it’s a beautiful country,” Shevchenko said. “I hope I can have the opportunity to fight there in the future.
“I want to send my regards to all Latin American people and invite them to watch this great UFC event in Chile, this Saturday.”
Brendan Fitzgerald and Jimmy Smith call the action for the English-language broadcast, which sees a main card air on FS1 following prelims on FS2 and UFC Fight Pass. Laura Sanko interviews fighters backstage, while Karyn Bryant, Kenny Florian and Tyron Woodley serve as desk analysts for the event in Los Angeles.
The complete UFC Fight Night 129 lineup includes:
MAIN CARD (FS1, 10 p.m. ET)
- Demian Maia vs. Kamaru Usman
- Alexa Grasso vs. Tatiana Suarez
- Jared Cannonier vs. Dominick Reyes
- Guido Cannetti vs. Diego Rivas
- Andrea Lee vs. Veronica Macedo
- Chad Laprise vs. Vicente Luque
PRELIMINARY CARD (FS2, 8 p.m. ET)
- Zak Cummings vs. Michel Prazeres
- Brandon Moreno vs. Alexandre Pantoja
- Poliana Botelho vs. Syuri Kondo
- Humberto Bandenay vs. Gabriel Benitez
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 6:30 p.m. ET)
- Enrique Barzola vs. Brandon Davis
- Henry Briones vs. Frankie Saenz
- Claudio Puelles vs. Felipe Silva
- Sacramento police looking into whether Nate Diaz assaulted Clay Guida at Combate Americas event
- UFC's Cody Stamann and Aljamain Sterling still beefing, but no desire to settle things
- Scott Coker doesn't expect UFC to factor into contract talks with 'Face of Bellator' Michael Chandler
Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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