UFC 213: Romero vs. Whittaker: Ending the Streak

According to a source with knowledge of the situation, Amanda Nunes has been forced to pull out of Saturday's bantamweight championship headliner against Valentina Shevchenko due to an undisclosed illness. Valentina "The Bullet" Shevchenko will get a shot at redemption as she rematches Amanda "The Lioness" Nunes. Nunes and Shevchenko first squared off at UFC 196, with the Brazilian winning a unanimous decision.

Las Vegas has once again been taken over by UFC fans, as they flood into the city for another International Fight week. "I feel very strong".

If you thought the prelims were stacked, the two main event contests should be equally as good as Yoel "The Soldier of God" Romero takes on Australian Robert Whittaker for the interim middleweight belt. The 26-year-old is already seeing the effects of fighting for his first belt of his career in the fight capital of the world.

"I'm better than her everywhere", Nunes said.

Whittaker knows what he is up against in a man who won his last fight with a sickening flying knee and then punches to the head of the highly-rated Chris Weidman.

"I'm going to make sure I don't leave it in the judges' hands in this fight".


While she hasn't reached Rousey's level of fame, Nunes is headlining her third major pay-per-view show in a year, and she seems pleased with the resulting bulges in her paychecks.

For Nunes this is one more step in the journey to cement her legacy.

"There's nothing to talk about with that fight", said Nunes, whose rivalry with Shevchenko got even more personal when they exchanged contact at a promotional faceoff in May.

Earlier in the week, the Brazlian said in an interview that she has "very bad sinus infections" when she has to travel, but there's no word yet if that was the reason she will miss the fight. Tate was the star at UFC 200 (and Nunes the challenger), and then it was Rousey's return that dominated the headlines leading up to UFC 207. It's a dream come true, and I have to make sure to keep it because I want to make history and maybe one day break records. Nunes is excellent in the first round of fights and typically able to start off with a lead in her bouts. The crescendo of this week's festivities will be Saturday's main card, featuring two of the best heavyweights, two of the best middleweights and the two best female bantamweights in the world.

Romero is the favorite to win and earn the interim UFC middleweight title. Four additional preliminary card bouts follow at 8 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1, with the five-fight main card airing live on pay-per-view at 10 p.m. ET.


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