Her goal remains to retire undefeated as a two-division champion and may just get that chance down the road against Shevchenko at 125 pounds. Nunes had her first title defense against former champion Ronda Rousey at UFC 207 last December, where she TKO'd Rousey in just 48 seconds. Still, Nunes has looked wonderful in her last two fights.
While Aussie eyes have been fixated on Robert Whittaker's clash with Yoel Romero this weekend, the title fight between Amanda Nunes and Valentina Shevchenko promises to be every bit as captivating. She earned a five-round decision win over Holly Holm last July and then followed that up with a second-round submission win over Julianna Pena in late-January. But her vastly underrated grappling is what secured Shevchenko this title shot.
If you thought the prelims were stacked, the two main event contests should be equally as good as Yoel "The Soldier of God" Romero takes on Australian Robert Whittaker for the interim middleweight belt.
The victor will be awarded the interim middleweight belt while also securing a showdown against champion Michael Bisping, who is recovering from injury.
Romero and Whittaker have a combined 15-fight win streak.
These two fighters are among the most unsafe strikers in the division with vastly different, but equally excellent, footwork. But, it's all about the wrestler and with an Olympic silver to his name using the wrestling against Whittaker could be his ticket UFC gold. And is she really able to carry the division as long as she holds the title? The price on the latter fighter is tempting if taken in a vacuum, but when it comes to the Octagon, Blaydes has a reach advantage in the striking phase and is also a one-time US national junior college champion, whereas grappling is Omielanczuk's weakness. Nunes relied on low kicks to take a slow first round.
Pettis is fighting for his UFC career at this point. Shevchenko defeated Jedrzejczyk in each of their three bouts. The event is headlined by Michael Johnson and Justin Gaethje.
What is UFC 213 Fight Card? Omielanczuk has had eight fights in the UFC and has won half of them. Tonight's main event is in jeopardy. Both the fighters competed on this season of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF). The fighters on this season either never made it to the UFC or did fight in the organization but were eventually cut.
Representing Australia and New Zealand, Whittaker is driven by the possibility of being the first to take a UFC belt back to that part of the world.