Amanda Nunes takes UFC rematch talks with Valentina Shevchenko public
UFC women's bantamweight champion eyes June 3 return at UFC 212 but Shevchenko says it's too soon
With UFC women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes all but certain to make her first title defense of 2017 in a rematch against Valentina Shevchenko, the two fighters have gone public on social media to negotiate the specifics.
Nunes (14-4), who defeated Shevchenko by decision last March in her final fight before submitting Miesha Tate to win the title in July, tweeted at Shevchenko on Monday about meeting a second time at UFC 212 on June 3 in Nunes’ home country of Brazil.
Shevchenko (14-2), a 29-year-old native of Russia, responded by revealing information that Nunes turned down a fight for April (likely at UFC 210 in Buffalo, New York), opting for a July return instead. Because of that, Shevchenko, who is currently vacationing in Hawaii, said she adjusted her schedule accordingly.
Nunes, 28, answered back on Tuesday morning, playing up the negotiating advantage she believes that she holds as champion.
Along with victories over Shevchenko and Tate, Nunes closed what was a breakout year in 2016 with a 48-second destruction of Ronda Rousey in December and has recently beenwith how the UFC has promoted her as champion.
A rematch with Shevchenko expects to be a competitive one considering the adjustments she made in the final round against Nunes at UFC 196, rallying to finish the fight as the fresher and more effective striker. Shevchenko rebounded from the loss to post a pair of impressive victories over former champion Holly Holm and top contender Julianna Pena.
Nunes has stated she has no problem granting Shevchenko a rematch despite her intentions of one day moving up to featherweight where.
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