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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?

BREAKING! UFC 215 gets two title fights

BREAKING! UFC 215 gets two title fights

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

Two titles will be on the line when the UFC invades Edmonton, Alberta, Canada on September 9 for UFC 215.

The promotion just announced that UFC flyweight kingpin Demetrious Johnson will look to defend his title for a history-making eleventh time in a row when he squares off with Ray Borg in the fight cards main event.

“Mighty Mouse” was last seen in action at April’s UFC on FOX event in Kansas City where he scored a third-round submission victory over Wilson Reis.

As for Ray Borg (11-2 MMA), “The Tazmexican Devil” is currently riding a two-fight win streak, his latest being a decision victory over Jussier Formiga.

In addition to the flyweight title fight, UFC officials also announced that a women’s bantamweight fight between champion Amanda Nunes and top contender Valentina Shevchenko has been rescheduled for UFC 215.

Nunes and Shevchenko were originally slated to meet in the main event of UFC 213 earlier this month. Unfortunately for fight fans, “The Lioness” was forced to pull out of the event on the day of the scheduled scrap due to an illness.

Nunes was last seen in action at UFC 207 this past December where she scored a first-round TKO victory over former title holder Ronda Rousey.

Meanwhile, Shevchenko is coming off a submission victory over perennial contender Julianna Pena this past January in Denver.

Who do you think will emerge victorious in these two title fights?

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?