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Valentina Shevchenko rejects Amanda Nunes showdown in June after ‘Lioness’ declined April title fight

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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women’s bantamweight titleholder Amanda Nunes defender her division crown by disposing of former 135-pound queenpin Ronda Rousey at UFC 207 back in December.

But it could be over six months before she makes her return to the Octagon.

That’s because “Lioness” turned down a rematch against Valentina Shevchenko in April, according to the resurgent “Bullet,” who rejected the champ’s rain date of June 3 at UFC 212 in Brazil.

Nunes (14-4) and Shevchenko (14-2) first went to war at the UFC 196 pay-per-view (PPV) in March 2016. The Brazilian won a close three-round unanimous decision (recap), then went on to capture the crown from Miesha Tate at UFC 200. Shevchenko, meanwhile, rebounded from her Nunes loss to defeat ex-champion Holly Holm and top contender Julianna Pena.

When and where these two meet again remains to be seen, but it’s unfortunate to have yet another belt sitting in limbo...

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