Valentina Shevchenko Undergoes Surgery for UFC Noche Thumb Injury



Valentina Shevchenko Undergoes Surgery for UFC Noche Thumb Injury

Valentina Shevchenko Set for Surgery After Breaking Thumb

The former flyweight champion, Valentina Shevchenko, has officially confirmed a fractured thumb following her rematch against Alexa Grasso at Noche UFC. To mend the injury, Shevchenko is scheduled for surgery.

In an Instagram post, Shevchenko disclosed that doctors diagnosed a “comminuted fracture requiring surgical intervention.” Sources close to the situation also informed MMA Fighting on Tuesday that, following surgery, Shevchenko should be able to resume contact training in approximately three months.

Despite grappling with the hand injury, Shevchenko valiantly fought through five grueling rounds against Grasso. Had it not been for judge Mike Bell’s contentious 10-8 scorecard in favor of Grasso during the fifth round, Shevchenko would have regained the UFC flyweight title via a split decision. However, due to that particular score, the outcome was a split draw, and Grasso retained her title.

In the aftermath of the disappointing result and her hand injury, Shevchenko mentioned that she would take her time to determine her next steps, with her preference being a trilogy fight against Grasso once she is back to full health.

Grasso, on the other hand, expressed her readiness to accept any challenge the UFC presents for her next title defense.

As for the UFC’s stance on the flyweight title, no official decisions have been made. However, Shevchenko’s upcoming surgery-induced hiatus of several months might create an opportunity for a top-ranked contender like Erin Blanchfield or Manon Fiorot to stake their claim for a title shot.

For the time being, Shevchenko is gearing up for surgery and setting her sights on a triumphant return in 2024.


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