Friday, 27 April, 2018

UFC 213: Amanda Nunes 'Had to React' to Valentina Shevchenko's Taunts

Vera Richards | 07 July, 2017, 00:58

UFC women's bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes has quietly established herself as a force to be reckoned with in the 135-pound division, although she hasn't received as much attention as she likely deserves. I got more attention when I was the challenger than when I was the champion", she told UFC.com "I still have to keep proving myself, I have to keep winning and put on a show.

Shevchenko said at Wednesday's open workout that the five-round distance "will be good for me", although she admitted she'd try for the quick finish in her quest for the UFC bantamweight belt.

Since their first meeting, Nunes hasn't needed judges, stopping Miesha Tate to win the title and defending it this past December against ex-champ Ronda Rousey. "I had to react".

The women's title fight will serve as the main event at UFC 213, live from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

"I got exhausted, but she couldn't finish me", Nunes said of that first meeting.

Valentina Shevchenko couldn't sway judges after three rounds with Amanda Nunes in their first encounter. "I'm ready for five rounds".

"If I don't say nothing bad about my opponent, it doesn't mean that my opponents never say it", Shevchenko said. "Because I had that experience when Julianna Peña was talking some kinds of the same things".

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