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Amanda Nunes relishes chance to fight in main event of UFC 215

10 September, 2017, 09:25 | Author: Carla Brady
  • Amanda Nunes claimed a split decision victory over Valentina Shevchenko at UFC 215

Female bantamweights meet in the prelims as Sara McMann takes on unbeaten Brazilian Ketlen Vieira, who will be aiming to make it three wins in just under twelve months in the UFC, and in turn propel herself into the top ten at 135 pounds. Then the stars show off their skills in front of fans at the official open workouts, where UFC welterweight Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone and heavyweight Cain Velasquez hold court with Milan Lucic and Darnell Nurse of the Edmonton Oilers.

With the win, Nunes improves to 15-4; Shevchenko falls to 14-3.

This weekend, current champion, Amanda Nunes, will face old rival, Valentina Shevchenko in a rematch, with far more on the line than in their first encounter. Borg fell ill and doctors determined that he was medically unfit to fight. If it's the main event or the first fight of the night, I fight the same.

Though the aforementioned flyweight title fight between champion Demetrious Johnson and Ray Borg was nixed just 48 hours prior to fight time, Rogers Place still hosted 11 bouts, including a barn burner of an opener on the main card. "I'm going to keep my belt, walk away, go home, drink some beer and then celebrate with all my friends and my girlfriend". She has won her last five UFC bouts, including a decision win over Shevchenko back in March of 2016.

The Brazilian defended her UFC bantamweight belt on Saturday at Rogers Place
The Brazilian defended her UFC bantamweight belt on Saturday at Rogers Place

"I was not concerned about anything [entering Round 5]", Nunes said. She didn't hit me one time, not one punch. "The specialist did a really good job taking care of this, and right now I have all the medication that I need and I'm 100 percent ready for this fight".

Borg, 24, is young in his career but has a history of pulling out of fights. Shevchenko, a.k.a. Bullet, meanwhile, would look to get back in the title hunt.

It is safe to say the UFC counted on Rousey and Holm to bring attention to the women's weight classes and they did not envision having Nunes and Shevchenko at the top of the weight class. 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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