Dana White reported this past weekend that Amanda Nunes was in fact, medically cleared to fight, before questioning if she was mentally prepared to fight Valentin Shevchenko. But the bantamweight champ has posted a statement, which outlines the medical symptoms she was dealing with, and why she withdraw from the bout.
Nunes was supposed to fight Shevchenko in the headliner of UFC 213, but a few hours before the card, the promotion announced the champ was ill and wouldn’t be fighting. After Saturday’s event, however, White said doctors had given Nunes the okay to fight, and then the UFC President speculated that the issue she was encountering was “90% mental.” White then also added that he wouldn’t be headlining with the womens 135 title again…
Well, more recently, Nunes posted the comments below on social media, which presents her side of the story:
— Amanda Nunes (@Amanda_Leoa) 9 July 2017
It will be interesting to see what the fan reaction is to this situation. When you consider what Nunes has done in the last couple of years, and the wins she’s scored (and one of those came against Shevchenko it should be noted), it’s hard to imagine her pulling out of a bout due to nerves no?
You also have to question why White decided that saying what he did publicly, served any purpose for the company? You would think the UFC would want to keep hyping Nunes in a positive light right?
All this aside, the expectation is right now that Nunes – Shevchenko II will take place on September 9th at UFC 215.