Shevchenko (14-2), the number-two ranked bantamweight fighter in the world, believes the real reason for Nunes’ withdrawal was a tough weight-cut which resulted in her feeling weak.
“You know, I did not believe in her reason and what she said like it was a sinus infection or whatever she was saying. I do not believe that was the true reason. I think that the more likely truth is that she was cutting weight and in the final 24 hours it was just too much. She was probably just feeling very weak” Shevchenko told BJPenn.com.
“For example, obviously when you have some issue with your health, you go to the doctor and say ‘I have this problem’. But she (Nunes) didn’t say anything like that. Then, of course, the doctor checked her and everything was good, he cleared her but she still was not feeling good… Because of the weight cut. That is why I am sure that the more truthful reason is the weight cut forced her to pull out” Shevchenko continued.
Following the UFC 213 main event cancellation, the championship fight between Nunes and Shevchenko has been rebooked for the UFC 215 event on September 9. Shevchenko is ready and motivated ahead of the big fight.
“Every time my goal remains the same. My goal is to be the champion. I was so close in July, just a few hours away from my fight (the cancellation occurred). But I was just like ‘Ok it is not happening now but it will come.’ Now we have a date, two months after July 8. It is the perfect time (UFC 215). I was able to have a little bit of rest and now come back with some strong training. But for me, as far as motivation, every time I am motivated. I don’t need something extra because I am always able to push and motivate myself” Shevchenko explained.
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