Valentina Shevchenko shares her take on why Amanda Nunes pulled out of UFC 213

Valentina Shevchenko shares her take on why Amanda Nunes pulled out of UFC 213

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

UFC women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes and Valentina Shevchenko are scheduled to fight once again at UFC 215.

Nunes and Shevchenko first met in the Octagon in March of last year at UFC 196 where Nunes won a unanimous decision after Shevchenko turned things up in the third round. The two were set to fight in the main event of UFC 213 in July, however, Nunes pulled out of the bout the day of the scheduled fight after feeling ill.

Amanda Nunes Valentina Shevchenko

With the title fight rescheduled, BJPenn.com’s Chris Taylor spoke with Shevchenko on Wednesday ahead of her highly anticipated September 9 rematch with “The Lioness”.

Taylor: After having your scheduled rematch with Amanda Nunes fall through, this due to the champ apparently suffering from an illness, do you feel as if you have extra motivation now heading into UFC 215?

Shevchenko: “Every time my goal remains the same. My goal is to be the champion. I was so close in July, just a few hours away from my fight (the cancellation occurred). But I was just like ‘Ok it is not happening now but it will come.’ Now we have a date, two months after July 8. It is the perfect time (UFC 215). I was able to have a little bit of rest and now come back with some strong training. But for me, as far as motivation, every time I am motivated. I don’t need something extra because I am always able to push and motivate myself.”

Taylor: What did you think of Amanda Nunes’ excuse or reasoning for not fighting at UFC 213?

Shevchenko: “You know, I did not believe in her reason and what she said like it was a sinus infection or whatever she was saying. I do not believe that was the true reason. I think that the more likely truth is that she was cutting weight and in the final 24 hours it was just too much. She was probably just feeling very weak.”

Shevchenko continued:

“For example, obviously when you have some issue with your health, you go to the doctor and say ‘I have this problem’. But she (Nunes) didn’t say anything like that. Then, of course, the doctor checked her and everything was good, he cleared her but she still was not feeling good… Because of the weight cut. That is why I am sure that the more truthful reason is the weight cut forced her to pull out.”

Taylor acknowledged that it was hard to believe that Nunes had received doctors clearance to compete at UFC 213 but opted against doing so because of a cold.

Shevchenko: “Yes, as an athlete you’re preparing for everything. You know what is waiting for you and what problems you could face. You are preparing for your battle. But, in this case, it looks like she wasn’t.”

Who are you picking to win the UFC women’s bantamweight title fight between Amanda Nunes and Valentina Shevchenko at UFC 215?

Amanda Nunes vs. Valentina Shevchenko set for UFC 213

Amanda Nunes vs. Valentina Shevchenko set for UFC 213

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

The next UFC women’s bantamweight title fight is now official as the champion Amanda Nunes is set to defend her title against the #1 UFC ranked women’s bantamweight contender Valentina Shevchenko.

BJPenn.com’s Chris Taylor originally reported the championship bout was in the works on April 22 and it was later confirmed by MMA insider Dizz.

This will be the second time the two women have fought in the Octagon as they first met at UFC 196 in March of 2016. Nunes won a unanimous decision after three rounds of battle.

Nunes Shevchenko at UFC 213?

Amanda Nunes holds a 14-4 professional MMA record and is 7-1 in the UFC. Nunes first won the UFC women’s bantamweight title at UFC 200 after submitting then-champion Miesha Tate with a rear-naked choke in the first round. Nunes went on to defend her title against former champion Ronda Rousey at UFC 207, dismantling Rousey on her feet winning a TKO due to strikes. Shevchenko is the only UFC opponent Nunes has gone to a decision with. Her single UFC loss was back in September 2014 where she lost by TKO to Cat Zingano in the third round.

Valentina Shevchenko holds a 14-2 professional MMA record and is 3-1 in the UFC. Shevchenko got a lot of praise after beating former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Holly Holm at UFC on FOX 20 in July of last year. Although shorter than Holm, Shevchenko was able to get the better of Holm exchanging strikes for five rounds in the main event. Shevchenko then went on to win in another impressive performance against Julianna Pena at UFC on FOX 23, submitting her in the second round with an armbar in her second time headlining a UFC main event fight.

Valentina Shevchenko Amanda Nunes

Who are you picking to win this exciting UFC women’s bantamweight championship fight?

Jim Miller vs. Anthony Pettis set for UFC 213

Jim Miller vs. Anthony Pettis set for UFC 213

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

A lightweight scrap between former division title holder Anthony Pettis and perennial contender Jim Miller has been added to July’s UFC 213 pay-per-view event in Las Vegas.

BJPENN.com’s Chris Taylor confirmed the news with Miller himself, this after an initial report from Brazilian news outlet Combate.

Jim Miller was last seen in action at February’s UFC 208 event in Brooklyn where he suffered a decision loss to Dustin Poirier.

Prior to the setback, Miller had reeled off three-straight victories over Takanori Gomi, Joe Lauzon and most recently Thiago Alves.

The lightweight veteran, Miller, holds a professional mixed martial arts record of 28-9.

Jim Miller

Meanwhile, Anthony Pettis was most recently seen in action at UFC 206 this past December, where he suffered the first TKO loss of his career at the hands of Max Holloway.

“Showtime” failed to make weight for his interim featherweight title fight against “Blessed” at UFC 206, and has now opted to return to the promotions lightweight division which he once ruled.

Anthony has gone 1-4 over his past five fights, with his lone victory in that time coming via submission over Charles Oliveira this past August.

Who do you think will emerge victorious in this exciting lightweight scrap between Miller and Pettis?

Dana White has a backup plan for Daniel Cormier if Jon Jones is not ready to fight at UFC 214

Dana White has a backup plan for Daniel Cormier if Jon Jones is not ready to fight at UFC 214

By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)

Earlier tonight UFC president Dana White went on Sports Center where he announced that if Jon Jones is ready, the promotion is willing to give him an immediate title shot against current light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier at UFC 214 on July 29 in Anaheim, California.

Jon Jones (22-1 MMA) and Daniel Cormier first met at UFC 182 in January of 2015, with “Bones” emerging victorious via unanimous decision.

Jon Jones Daniel Cormier

“Bones” and “DC” were originally slated to rematch at UFC 197 in April of 2016, but Cormier was forced to pullout of the fight after suffering a knee injury.

The bitter rivals were then booked to fight at this past July’s UFC 200 event in Las Vegas. However, unfortunately for fight fans Jones was removed from the card just days before the event after testing positive for banned substances.

“Bones” is currently serving a one-year suspension that was handed down for his aforementioned failed drug test. The suspension comes to an end the first week of July.

If Jon Jones decides that he will not be ready to fight Cormier at UFC 214 on July 29, or if “Bones” opts to take a tune-up fight instead, Dana White told ESPN that the promotion already has a backup plan set for “DC”.

“Cormier is available to fight on July 8, but that timeframe doesn’t work for Jon Jones,” White said. “Cormier already told me he’s willing to fight either Jones or Manuwa.”

The UFC president continued.

“If Jon Jones is ready to fight [by UFC 214] on July 29, we’ll see the Jones versus Cormier rematch, finally.”

Dana White is not sure how this whole situation will play out, but the ball is in Jones’ court.

Jimi Manuwa Daniel Cormier

If Jones does turn down the fight offer for UFC 214 in Anaheim, “The Poster Boy” told Dana White that he would be more than happy to test Cormier’s chin this July.

“Jimi wants Cormier,” White said. “They got into it at UFC 210 [earlier this month] and Jimi told me he’s never been talked to like that before. We’ll see how this plays out.”

Who would you rather see Daniel Cormier fight next, Jon Jones or Jimi Manuwa?