Lots of folks piled on Amanda Nunes, after she pulled out of UFC 213 earlier this month, but fellow UFC champ Daniel Cormier has come to her defense.
Nunes was booked to fight Valentina Shevchenko on July 8th, but not long before the card was set to get underway, it was announced the bantamweight champ had withdrawn due to illness. After the event, Dana White said that doctors had in fact cleared Nunes to compete at the card. In addition, the UFC boss man also said he wouldn’t headline with a bantamweight title fight moving forward.
Further, White also argued Nunes had dropped out largely because of mental issues, rather than physical:
“I think that it was 90 percent mental and maybe 10 percent physical, I think a lot of fighters have had times where they don’t feel right.”
But, the following day Nunes relayed that she was battling sinusitis and that she had been prescribed antibiotics. The Brazilian star’s manager also fired back at people who were accusing Nunes of ducking Shevchenko.
Well, recently Cormier appeared on MMA Junkie.com Radio, and while doing so, he had this to say about the situation (quotes via MMA Junkie):
“I don’t believe she was afraid,” Cormier said. “I believe that she was sick. And if she was sick and could not compete, then she had every right to not compete.
“This is a woman who has already fought and beat Valentina Shevchenko,” Cormier added. “This is a woman who beat Ronda Rousey. A woman who beat Miesha Tate. Two women who are no longer fighting because of the beatings that they took at the hands of Amanda Nunes, essentially.”
Yup. It is pretty hard to imagine that Nunes withdrew because of nerves. Especially since, as “DC” noted, she holds a win over Shevchenko. It is possible that Nunes could have fought in her condition? Yes. But she may have been taking a big gamble in doing so. In the UFC, life is much easier and much more lucrative when you’re the champ.