For the second year in a row, Amanda Nunes will be headlining UFC’s “International Fight Week.” She will be defending her UFC women’s bantamweight title as she goes up against Valentina Shevchenko at UFC 213 in July.
UFC announced the championship showdown between Nunes (14-4 MMA, 7-1 UFC) and Shevchenko (14-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) today at a news conference in Dallas. The fight will be a rematch of a bout from UFC 196 in March 2016, which Nunes won by unanimous decision.
UFC 213 takes place July 8 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
UFC Champ Nunes is coming off the most significant victory of her career. She defended her belt for the first time at UFC 207 this past December with a 48-second knockout of Ronda Rousey.
UFC 213 will happen close to the one-year anniversary of Nunes’ title reign. She took the 135-pound belt from Miesha Tate at UFC 200 in July 2016, where she won in a first-round submission.
Nunes is on a four-fight winning streak. However, the only fight in that stretch that did not end in a stoppage was against No. 2 Shevchenko at UFC 196. The fight lasted three rounds in which Nunes took an early advantage with more effective offense. Shevchenko took over in the final moments with superior conditioning.
Since her loss, Shevchenko has put together back-to-back wins. She earned a unanimous decision victory over former champ Holly Holm at UFC on FOX 20 in July 2016, followed by a second-round submission of Julianna Pena in the UFC on FOX 23 headliner in January.
Considering how the first fight went, the fact five rounds are at play in the rematch should have an impact on the dynamic of the championship bout.
The UFC 213 lineup includes:
- Champ Amanda Nunes vs. Valentina Shevchenko — for women’s bantamweight title
- Champ Cody Garbrandt vs. T.J. Dillashaw — for bantamweight title
- Donald Cerrone vs. Robbie Lawler
- Alistair Overeem vs. Fabricio Werdum
- Jim Miller vs. Anthony Pettis
- Curtis Blaydes vs. Daniel Omielanczuk
- Gerald Meerschaert vs. Thiago “Marreta” Santos