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UFC's Valentina Shevchenko unharmed, coach recovering after chaotic shootout

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Valentina Shevchenko is safe and her coach is on the mend.

The UFC women's bantamweight contender was caught in the crossfire of a shootout during a robbery at a restaurant in Peru over the weekend, according to an initial report by Comercio. Her longtime coach Pavel Fedotov was shot by one of the robbers.

The aftermath, with Shevchenko rushing to Fedotov's aid, was caught on security cameras.

On Tuesday, Shevchenko's manager Roger Allen told MMA Fighting that Shevchenko was "fine" and unharmed in the incident. Fedotov is healing and is expected to make a full recovery, Allen said. Shevchenko's fight with Holly Holm in the main event of UFC on FOX 20 on July 23 in Chicago will not be affected by the unfortunate circumstances, he added.

"Valentina will be ready for Chicago," Allen said.

Three armed robbers allegedly entered a chicken restaurant in Lima on Sunday night and stole 5,000 soles (about $1,486 U.S.) as well as valuables from customers, assaulting anyone who resisted, according to Comercio.

When the robbers began firing their weapons, shooting a female customer, Fedotov responded by pulling out his and gun and firing back, according to FPP. Comercio's initial report stated that Fedotov fired the first shots. The robbers shot back and more than 15 shots were fired in total, according to Comercio.

One of the robbers died in the shootout. Both the female customer and Fedotov will survive and are expected to recover.

Shevchenko, 28, was born in Kyrgyzstan, but moved with Fedotov and her sister Antonina to Peru in 2008. The former multiple-time Muay Thai world champion also spends some time training in Houston. Shevchenko beat Sarah Kaufman in her UFC debut back in December and is coming off a unanimous decision loss to Amanda Nunes at UFC 196 in March.

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