It looks like the women’s bantamweight title fight between champ Amanda Nunes and Valentina Shevchenko has found a new home. Not surprisingly, the bout has been moved to the next card with any availability, mainly UFC 215 in Edmonton this September. Brazil’s Combate first reported the news Monday. The fight had originally been scheduled for UFC 213 in Las Vegas, but was pulled last minute when Nunes fell ill.
The rescheduling of the bout really comes as no surprise, given UFC 214 at the end of July is already packed with three title fights. A planned PPV in August, originally UFC 215 until UFC 216 in Edmonton was renumbered, was canceled due to the Mayweather-McGregor fight that month.
Per the Combate report, Nunes vs. Shevchenko 2 will not be the main event at UFC 215, meaning UFC President Dana White is staying true to his word about keeping Nunes out of the main event picture, at least for now.
The bout, when it finally does take place, will be a rematch of the pair’s UFC 196 bout from March of last year. Nunes won that first fight via unanimous decision.
UFC 215 takes place September 9 in Edmonton in the Canadian province of Alberta at the Rogers Place arena. Also set for the card are the following bouts:
Amanda Nunes vs. Valentina Shevchenko
Junior Dos Santos vs. Francis Ngannou
Henry Cejudo vs. Wilson Reis
Gilbert Melendez vs. Jeremy Stephens
Ilir Latif vs. Tyson Pedro
Gavin Tucker vs. Rick Glenn
Ashlee Evans-Smith vs. Sarah Moras
Luis Henrique vs. Arjan Bhullar
Sara McMann vs. Ketlen Vieira