UFC 213: “Nunes vs. Shevchenko 2” goes down this Saturday July 8th from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada and as usual the UFC is pumping out "Embedded" episodes showing what life is like for the fighters leading up to the event.
This episode follows Amanda Nunes to a stand-up comedy performance from Din Thomas and Fabricio Werdum as he trains and relaxes at the UFC Performance Institute. Alistair Overeem arrives in Vegas and talks about his exploding hotel, while Yoel Romero dances for the media. Robert Whittaker shares his love for Twinkies, and we get some behind the scenes looks at the live UFC Tonight taping and UFC 213 Open Workouts.
There's some controversy surrounding the video, though, with Fabricio Werdum sporting an Akhmat shirt during his segment. Akhmat is a Chechen MMA promotion with strong ties to controversial ruler Ramzan Kadyrov, whose regime has been accused of torturing and executing gay men. Werdum made a paid appearance at a past event and apparently the troubling news hasn’t turned him off the organization.
Werdum, a former UFC heavyweight champion, is clearly unapologetic about his support of a vicious tyrant. Now UFC allowing it on their shows https://t.co/wilmqzbz1v— Karim Zidan (@ZidanSports) July 6, 2017
From the official YouTube description:
On episode 3 of UFC 213 Embedded, bantamweight title contender Valentina Shevchenko brings a new attitude into her fight against a familiar opponent. Reigning champion Amanda Nunes and girlfriend Nina Ansaroff visit their coach Din Thomas at his second job as a stand-up comic. Heavyweight Fabricio Werdum winds down his training camp at the UFC Performance Institute alongside middleweight Kelvin Gastelum. His opponent Alistair Overeem arrives in Las Vegas on the heels of a hotel fire, interim middleweight title contender Yoel Romeo shows off his dance moves, and Romero’s opponent Robert Whittaker dreams of Twinkies. The card's stars perform for fans at open workouts, with Nunes rolling the dice at UFC Tonight with middleweight champion Michael Bisping and commentator Kenny Florian. UFC 213 Embedded is an all-access, behind-the-scenes video blog leading up to the two title fights at UFC 213: Nunes vs. Shevchenko 2 taking place Saturday, July 8 on Pay-Per-View.
MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 213 fight card on fight night, starting with the Fight Pass "Prelims" matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. ET, and then the remaining undercard balance on FX at 8 p.m. ET, before the PPV main card start time at 10 p.m. ET.