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UFC fighter unharmed after getting caught up in robbery shootout in Peru

UFC women’s bantamweight Valentina Shevchenko and her trainer, Pavel Fedotov, were caught in middle of a shootout during a robbery at a restaurant in Peru that resulted in Fedotov being hit by gunfire and taken to the emergency room.Valentina Shevchenko walks to her corner during her UFC 196 fight against Amanda Nunes. (AP)

The shootout took place during a robbery attempt at the restaurant in the Chorrilos distract of Lima, Peru, and was captured by security cameras. According to Peru’s El Comercio, three armed individuals entered the restaurant on Sunday evening and demanded employees and patrons to hand over their belongings, which included cash, cell phones, purses and wallets.

There were conflicting reports as to how the shootout started. El Comercio initially reported that Fedotov started firing at the assailants when they were trying to escape. However, FPP reported that Fedotov pulled out his gun and fired after the robbers started firing their weapons, injuring a female customer in the process. Another restaurant patron also reportedly engaged in the shootout that led to more than 15 shots fired.

One of the robbers ended up dead just outside the restaurant while the other two managed to flee from the scene. Both the female customer and Fedotov are expected to recover. Fedotov remains at the Casimiro Ulloa hospital.

The restaurant owner stated that it was the sixth time this particular location had been robbed and the security cameras were installed due to situations such as this.

Shevchenko, who is slated to face former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Holly Holm in the main event of a UFC Fight Night card on July 23, can be seen in the security footage rushing to the aid of her trainer after the gunfire ceased. Although she is originally from Kyrgyzstan, Shevchenko and Fedotov relocated to Peru back in 2008.



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