On Wednesday, UFC bantamweight champion, Amanda Nunes, sat down with MMA media to promote her upcoming championship bout against Valentina Shevchenko at UFC 213 on July 8th.
Last week, the champion and the contender came face-to-face at the UFC Summer Kickoff press conference. As they approached each other, Nunes extended her fist and appeared to shove Shevchenko’s face. The two were separated by officials. Check out the staredown below.
At a UFC 213 media lunch in Los Angeles, Amanda Nunes was asked by reporters about the incident. She had this to say,
“You guys never see me do that before. If she didn’t touch me, nothing is gonna happen. Imagine in that situation, a lot of emotions involved, somebody touch your face. I think it’s not cool. And I kind of responded in that moment. It was more than she did to me, but I reacted. We never know, especially how we feel in that moment and somebody talks so much sh*t about you, and touches you, your face. At that angle, you guys couldn’t see it that well, but I felt it.”
Nunes and Shevchenko’s rivalry stems back to UFC 196, where Nunes defeated Shevchenko via unanimous decision. Nunes would go on to win the UFC bantamweight championship from Miesha Tate in the UFC 200 headliner. She defended the belt for the first time at UFC 207 against Ronda Rousey, winning by first round knockout. Shevchenko would bounce back from her loss with back-to-back wins– a decision over former champion Holly Holm, and a second round submission over Julianna Peña.
The full media lunch featuring Amanda Nunes and Donald Cerrone can be found by clicking here, courtesy of MMAFighting.com
Nunes vs Shevchenko 2 takes place at UFC 213 on July 8th in Paradise, Nevada.
What do you make of the champ’s comments? Who do you see winning the rematch?