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UFC 213: Amanda Nunes hospitalized; Whittaker vs

09 July, 2017, 00:13 | Author: Lula Armstrong

Nunes versus Shevchenko, a rematch of their back-and-forth affair at UFC 196 in March of past year, possesses none of the glamour that once went hand in hand with the women's bantamweight class when Rousey, Holm and Tate were champions. Despite all her efforts inside the cage, and the UFC's attempts outside it, Nunes remains just another fighter - albeit one whose waist is wrapped in gold.

Romero has looked mightily impressive in his previous fights - the win over Chris Weidman was as devastating as you will see and many believe the Cuban is a potential UFC middleweight champion - but standing in his way is a tough and equally talented Aussie.

Las Vegas has once again been taken over by UFC fans, as they flood into the city for another International Fight week. "My mother has always been a force to me", said Nunes.

Romero of course is now gearing up for his UFC 213 scrap with Robert Whittaker Saturday night, in a fight which will crown the middleweight #1 contender. He is welcoming Gaethje to the UFC in his first fight in the organization.

That being said, Florian feels that the hype surrounding Romero versus Whittaker this weekend could then parlay into a very big fight with Bisping later this year and that ultimately should be the fight to happen. Nunes is ferocious and prepared to go through anyone that wants to take her title.

Saturday night, Nunes finally ventures into a journey without the hand-holding she experienced in either of her two title fights. "After that fight, I became a champion and I will make Valentina understand I'm the best in the world". But Nunes was little more than a footnote to Rousey's return from her first career loss.

"The way I stay focused is only to think about my next fight", Nunes said.

"I'm not lovely, and I've accepted that", Nunes said.

Both fighters have shown skill improvements since that fight, making this an even more compelling contest.

Shevchenko (14-2) is a daunting matchup with her formidable striking game and a tenacity that she showed in the fighters' first meeting in March 2016. "I will be very strong". I was made for this.

"I will walk away with the belt", she said.

The bout headlines a pay-per-view card that includes a middleweight title bout between Yoel Romero and Whittaker. 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. 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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