Valentina Shevchenko Comments on Cancelled Amanda Nunes Fight at UFC 213

Amanda Nunes right connects with Ronda Rousey in the first round of their women's bantamweight championship mixed martial arts bout at UFC 207 Friday Dec. 30 2016 in Las Vegas. Nunes won the fight after it was stopped in the first round. (AP Ph

Shevchenko will now have to wait to get another chance at avenging her loss.

Amanda Nunes has effectively retired the two most famous female fighters in history in her past two fights, choking out Miesha Tate in three minutes last July before knocking out Ronda Rousey in under a minute in December. Shevchenko is arguably Nunes' last great obstacle in the division, and therefor a win would open a new world of possibilities for the champion.

A highly regarded Muay Thai striker, Shevchenko has now dedicated her time fully to MMA.

Valentina Shevchenko has no idea how many countries she has visited or how many millions of miles she has covered in her lifelong pursuit of insight, enlightenment and new martial arts skills.

Her opponent Ms. Shevchenko, meanwhile, has won back-to-back since losing to Ms. Nunes, beating Holly Holm and Julianna Pena, in that order. Romero has been lingering near the top of the division for some time and many feel like he was deserving of a title shot a while ago.

The Ultimate Fighter: Redemption will be shown live tomorrow beginning at 10 a.m. over Hyper Ch. 91 in SD or 261 in HD on Cignal TV with replay at 9 p.m. while UFC 213: Nunes vs. Shevchenko 2 will be broadcast on Sunday staring at 10 a.m. with replay at 6 p.m.

UFC 213 is now going to be headlined by a bout for the vacant UFC Interim Middleweight Title as Yoel Romero faces Robert Whittaker. Current middleweight champion Michael Bisping is now sidelined with injuries.

The 40-year-old Romero enters the match-up with Whittaker having won eight straight bouts inside the Octagon. From her solid wrestling game, she has excellent ground-and-pound.

Yoel Romero will battle Robert Whittaker for the interim middleweight crown. She has been able to overwhelm most of her opponents with her striking. Everything I took from that fight I will use.

According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, this bout is considered even, as both the champion, Nunes, and the challenger, Shevchenko, are both getting odds of -115 to win. Pettis last fought Max Holloway at UFC 206 where he was TKO'd in the third round. If the first bout were a five-rounder, conventional wisdom is that Shevchenko would've either finished the gassed Brazilian or continued to pull away to level points in the championship rounds. This rematch could turn out to be the toughest test of either fighter's career, especially given the fact that they know each other so well. That was the only competitive portion at UFC 196, and the Kyrgyz has to start faster in what projects as a close fight.

Gaethje (17-0) was the lightweight champion in the World Series of Fighting organization before signing with the UFC. However, the main event for this year is yet to be announced. The fighters on this season either never made it to the UFC or did fight in the organization but were eventually cut. Taylor (30-15) is very heavy on top and looks for submissions. However, fans have reason to believe that International Fight Week cards are cursed.

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