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UFC stunner Shevchenko shares footage of Hollywood icon Berry

UFC flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko has revealed what Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry told her after her latest win, congratulating her, sharing a clip of the pair talking while UFC president Dana White watched on.

The scenes played out following the Kyrgyzstani-Peruvian’s latest victory in the octagon, producing a dominant victory before being congratulated by the icon she worked with on a movie, ‘Bruised’, which was directed by Berry last year.

Making a personal call after watching Valentina enjoy a brutal second-round TKO win against Jessica Andrade at UFC 261, the A-list actress can just be heard telling Shevchenko that she would have been on the front row if she could have attended, while the brawler thanks her for her kind words.

“The most amazing and inspirational person,” Shevchenko captioned the video, which was watched almost 500,000 times in less than 24 hours on Instagram. “Dear Halle, your friendship is priceless.”

Berry replied: “I love you, champ. You are my inspiration. You are the most focused and determined person I’ve ever met. And I can’t wait for the world to see what a movie star you are.”

Released soon on Netflix, Berry features in the film as disgraced aging MMA star Jackie Justice, who has to face an upcoming, rising star played by Shevchenko while also taking care of a complex custody issue relating to her six-year-old son.

As she explained to Jimmy Fallon in a well-received episode of the Tonight Show last year, Berry “broke some stuff” on set when shooting fight scenes.

I always get hurt, but I realized that, when you go hard, you’re bound to get hurt,” she explained. “When you do your own stunts, you’re bound to get hurt.

“In this movie, I was fighting the real UFC flyweight champion, Valentina Shevchenko. She had to throw some real kicks and I had to really take them, and that really broke some bones.

“She’s a beast but I couldn’t have asked for a better teacher, a better scene mate, a better fight partner. She just brought so much reality to it for me. At times, I felt like I was really fighting.

“Our referee that was in the movie is a real referee, and he says a couple times, ‘Man, I thought I was watching a real fight’ because she brought so much power and authenticity to our fight scenes.”

Inviting her director to cheer her on in a win against  Katlyn Chookagian at UFC 247, Shevchenko returned the compliment by claiming Berry could provide “competition” to other female fighters in MMA’s most competitive championship.

“We trained four hours a day with Halle, training non-stop” Shevchenko told Sports Illustrated.

“She did everything amazingly. For this movie, she started training MMA – Muay Thai, Jiu-Jitsu, everything – two or three years ago.

“And she’s now in such a great shape that I can say she can be very [competitive] for girls in the UFC as well.

“I don’t know if she will want to be a fighter, but she has the skills and level… and you will see it when the movie is released.”

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‘They are exclusive’: NBA star Devin Booker ‘holds hands’ with model and ‘Keeping up with the Kardashians’ stunner Kendall Jenner

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Two-time NBA All-Star Devin Booker has reportedly taken his relationship with US it-girl Kendall Jenner a step further over the weekend, sending gossip columns wild after he was pictued holding her hand in New York.

Towering shooting guard Booker has been linked with Jenner since the pair took a road trip from Los Angeles to Arizona together last April, although celebrity outlets in the US widely reported that they had kept their partnership low-key and casual.

The 24-year-old Phoenix Suns superstar has not featured TV favorite Jenner in any of his Instagram photos, preferring to use the more temporary Stories feature on the platform to show them lying on a blanket in a picturesque outdoor setting.

Jenner, who is the half-sister of mega-famous celebrities Kim, Khloe, Kourtney and Rob Kardashian, is said to be more content with Booker than she had been in her previous two reported relationships with NBA players, dating Blake Griffin and Ben Simmons for less than a year each.

“This is the happiest Kendall has ever been in a relationship,” People quoted a source as saying about the 25-year-old socialite. “She and Devin started out slowly but have dated for about a year now.

“What first seemed like a fun hookup is now a relationship. They are exclusive and Kendall is very happy with Devin.

“Her family thinks he is great. He was even invited to Kim’s 40th birthday celebration in Tahiti.”

Booker could not resist leaving a comment on Jenner’s Instagram, where she is followed by a staggering fanbase of more than 160 million, after she pictured herself in a floral dress in woodland earlier this month, writing: “Very beautiful… course.”

On Valentine’s Day, Jenner pictured herself lying on what appeared to be a kitchen worktop underneath Booker, adding a white heart symbol as the pair laughed together.

The son of former professional basketball player Melvin, 6ft 5in Booker has been named on the All-Star team in each of the past two seasons.

He was supported by NBA legend LeBron James earlier this year, who told his millions of social media followers: “Devin Booker is the most disrespected player in our league – simple as that.”

Jenner was heavily criticized in November after reportedly throwing a huge maskless party at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, attended by a plethora of celebrities including pop star Justin Bieber and actor Will Smith’s son, Jaden.

“All we can do is live our lives the best way we know how and be responsible and do the right thing, and we’re doing that exactly,” she told a radio show as a backlash ensued, adding that her family was “very lucky to work in an industry where we get tested once or twice a week.”

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