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.
I see you June 3? @BulletValentina— Amanda Nunes (@Amanda_Leoa) March 13, 2017
UFC offered fight in Apr, you declined. Was told U would be back July. My schedule planned till July. Any where/anytime in July @Amanda_Leoa— Valentina Shevchenko (@BulletValentina) March 13, 2017
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...