Antonina Shevchenko joins sister Valentina in UFC after TKO win

Antonina Shevchenko will become a UFC fighter after Tuesday’s performance.

The UFC has its first sister act.

Antonina Shevchenko, the older sister of top contender Valentina Shevchenko, earned a second-round TKO victory in the feature bout of Season 2, Week 3 of the Dana White Tuesday Night Contender Series on Tuesday night in Las Vegas. The time of the stoppage in her flyweight bout with Jaimelene Nievera was 3:22.

Shevchenko was one of two fighters awarded UFC contracts after the card, with the other spot going to lightweight Te Edwards. Additionally, heavyweight Josh Parisian was given a slot on the upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter.

Shevchenko (6-0) is a champion Muay Thai fighter with a 39-1 kickboxing record, and it didn’t take her long to show off her skills in the standup. Shevchenko mauled Nievera (7-4) with elbows and ruthless knees in the clinch.

“This means so much to me, I am so proud,” Shevchenko said. “We’ve had brothers in the UFC and now we have sisters.”

The damage was such that the bout was halted late in the first round so the doctor could check nasty cuts around Nievera’s right eye. She was cleared to continue, but it was only a matter of time, as Shevchenko continued pouring it on the second until the bout was finally waved off.

Edwards made his statement, as he needed just 28 seconds to finish Indiana’s Austin Tweedy (8-2) with a one-hitter quitter knockout in a lightweight bout. The MMA Lab product from Phoenix dropped Tweedy with a big overhand right to end the bout with a single shot.

“I got a nasty right hand and people don’t seem to move their face out of the way,” said Edwards (6-1), who won his fifth straight fight.

Heavyweight Josh Parisian of Michigan took his fight with Greg Rebello on four days’ notice, and he sure took advantage of the opportunity.

Parisian dropped Rhode Island’s Rebello (24-9) with a perfectly placed spinning back fist, leading to a TKO win at just 1:31 of the opening round.

“I appreciate the opportunity and this might be the best day of my life,” Parisian (7-2) said after his fifth career knockout. “I just went in there and whatever came natural, I did.”

Rebello, who also lost a DWTNCS bout last summer, announced his retirement after the bout.

Julian Erosa made his case for a second chance in the UFC with a second-round knockout victory over Jamall Emmers of Redlands, Calif.

After a back-and-forth opening round, Erosa brought it on the second. Erosa threw a left head kick which Emmers (13-4) partially blocked, but still landed hard enough to drop him to the mat. Erosa followed up by putting Emmers out on the ground with punches, ending the fight at the 1:10 mark.

Erosa competed on The Ultimate Fighter 22 and had two official fights before being cut. He’s now won five of his past six bouts.

“I got a tough chin,” said Erosa (22-5), a Yakima, Wash. native who now trains at Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas. “I can take a punch, I know if I got him out of the first round he’d tire out and I could push for the finish.”

In the evening’s opening middleweight matchup, Santa Rosa, Calif.’s Jordan Williams (8-2) scored a one-sided victory over New Hampshire’s Tim Caron (7-2). Williams, who took the bout on less than a week’s notice, used his ground game to overwhelm Caron for the bulk of the bout. Referee Herb Dean finally called things off at the 3:37 mark of the third round as Williams landed uncontested elbows from the top.

A Type-1 diabetic, Williams says he wanted to make a statement by competing in the UFC.

“I made a promise to all the diabetics in the world that I’d make them proud,” Williams said afte his seventh career stoppage win. “I’m feeling on top of the world right now.”

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