HOUSTON – Valentina Shevchenko was doing an interview with UFC Spanish after his victory at UFC 247 when a friend interrupted her. However, this was not any friend. She was the famous actress Halle Berry.
The two embraced and Berry thanked Shevchenko for his victory by technical knockout in the third assault on Katlyn Chookagian to retain the title fly-weight UFC.
“The best fight of the night,” said Berry.
Berry even reacted on social media after the fight. “My girl did THAT!”, wrote.
Shevchenko and Berry developed a friendship the past year as they worked together in the film, MMA, Berry, “Bruised”. Shevchenko helped train to Berry for the film and had a role in it. It is expected that “Bruised” to be launched before the end of the year.
Berry, also, visited Shevchenko in his dressing room.
“It was a very special moment for me,” said Shevchenko. “Halle (berry), he is an amazing person. I am very happy that you have been here tonight. Wine before the fight to wish me good luck and was very special,” he said.
Shevchenko told ESPN that he was incredibly impressed with how hard that Berry worked for “Bruised”, training in mixed martial arts years before starting the film.
“I think that is an inspiration to all women,” said Shevchenko. “She is very hardworking. I know that to play this role, was training for three years before she started filming to learn how to do MMA, how to box and how to get around. Is doing very well,” explained.
Do enough for Berry, 53 years old, fight in the UFC? Shevchenko would have no hesitation of it.
“Who knows?” Shevchenko said. “Never know the mind of a person. I would say that you can do this, yes … Before I started filming, we were training in New York. Each day, we had between three and four hours of training from the beginning to the end. Not a single time was to rest or breathe. We were working on our sequences. And when we started filming, they were 12 hours [por día] non-stop fighting. Really an inspiration to anyone, he repeated.
Shevchenko (19-3) is one of the best peleadoras of the world. A native of Kyrgyzstan, has won five duels in a row, including three defenses of the title. Shevchenko, 31, has only lost to Amanda Nunes, the current champion featherweight and gallo UFC.