UFC 213 Main Event in Jeopardy, Amanda Nunes Hospitalized

Jul 09, 2017, 00:14

The UFC 213 co-main event is feeling like a mirror image of the scheduled lightweight bout between Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov.

Nunes is dogged by things that are largely outside of her control.

Valentina Shevchenko to win via decision. Nunes last fought in December 2017, when she headlined UFC 207 and stunned Ronda Rousey with a stoppage victory in less than one minute. "My mother has always been a force to me", said Nunes. He's coming off a knockout win over the former champion Chris Weidman in impressive fashion. He does a good job wrestling inside the cage as well, then works on his ground and pound to soften up his opponents. She couldn't control herself. Her Judo experience makes her wily in the clinch and she's shown great balance, scrambling and takedown defence against strong grapplers like Sarah McMann, Cat Zingano and in her successful title shot against Miesha Tate a year ago.

"There's nothing to talk about with that fight", Nunes said.

Shevchenko is known, understandably, for a world-class combination of Muay Thai, kickboxing and taekwondo. They found financial success as martial arts teachers in Peru, and Fedotov made a decision to relocate his team permanently to Lima.

She doesn't fight because she has to.

Fighting is the driving force in her life, but it doesn't define her. Her combination striking was pivotal in this fight to outstrike Holm 87 to 54.

With the rematch pegged for five rounds, "The Bullet", most comfortable working on the counter, will surely look to weather Nunes' vicious early bursts and drag her into the proverbial trenches.

For this title shot, Shevchenko began her training in Thailand before moving to Houston and on to Denver, where she worked with strawweight title contender Rose Namajunas. But Shevchenko is back and this evening could see the Russian crowned champion.

However, the key to her success is her ability to maintain a high pace and get better as the fight ticks on. Romero wrestled for Cuba in two Olympics before defecting in 2007, and he started his MMA career in 2009 - the same year that Whittaker first stepped into a cage. Rousey was no match for Nunes, who won by TKO in only 48 seconds in the first round. "I'm better than her and I'm going to wait for the best moment to finish the fight". And is she really able to carry the division as long as she holds the title? If Shevchenko can survive the early onslaught, she'll have a solid chance to win the fight. I loved Shevchenko in the fight, partly because of signs of Nunes going through a rough weight cut, and am left with precious few other options as a replacement. If Shevchenko wins the first round, she will be an instant bet, as it will be very hard for Nunes to overcome a round deficit in this fight.

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