White: Nunes won’t main event again


Dana White has vowed that women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes won’t main event for the promotion again after pulling out of UFC 213 at the last minute.

UFC president Dana White learned just 24 hours before Saturday’s event that Nunes would not face number one contender Valentina Shevchenko after suffering from abdominal cramping and sinus issues.

However, there are question marks over whether Nunes – who stopped Miesha Tate and Ronda Rousey in her previous two bouts – was medically able to compete.

The Brazilian has been offered the chance to face Shevchenko again at UFC 215 in Canada, but White is wary of placing in a main event spot again.

“I won’t do that again,” said White.

“A lot of fighters have had times where they don’t feel right. I don’t know that I’ve ever had a situation like today, where she was physically capable to fight and didn’t.

“It was 90 per cent mental and 10 per cent physical.”

Shevchenko believes Nunes pulled out after problems making the weight, yet is staying patient over her title shot.

“I know my time will come,” she said.

“I will fight for the title and I will have it. It doesn’t matter what happened today. It will happen in the future. I will be the champion against [Nunes] or someone else. I will be in my best shape — again.”