Amanda Nunes was set to defend her UFC bantamweight world title for the second time at UFC 213 last Saturday in a rematch against Valentina Shevchenko. But just hours before the event, she decided to pull out due to what she cited as a chronic case of sinusitis.
Nunes (14-4-0) received a huge amount of criticism for the decision she had made. UFC president Dana White claims that her withdrawal was more of a mental problem than a physical one, he also said Nunes would never headline another card. Valentina Shevhenko said that Nunes could have fought but “backed out“.
However, UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier, has jumped to the Brazilian’s defense.
“I don’t believe she was afraid. I believe that she was sick. And if she was sick and could not compete, then she had every right to not compete,” Cormier told MMAjunkie Radio.
“This is a woman who has already fought and beat Valentina Shevchenko. This is a woman who beat Ronda Rousey. A woman who beat Miesha Tate,” Cormier continued. “Two women who are no longer fighting because of the beatings that they took at the hands of Amanda Nunes, essentially.”
The UFC is looking to reschedule the fight for the UFC 215 event on September 9th.
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