On Saturday evening, just hours after the news broke that she had withdrawn from UFC 213 and her women’s bantamweight title defence against Valentina Shevchenko, Amanda Nunes posted a very brief message thanking her “true fans” and promising that the bout would be rescheduled.
Today, however, Nunes addressed the situation in far greater detail.
“Everyone is wanting to hear my side, so here it is,” began Nunes. “I have chronic sinusitis.”
“I have fought with it before but this time it didn’t work out,” she added. “During the weight-cut I was unable to breath and felt off balance from the pressure in my sinuses. I was not feeling well enough to risk getting punched in the head with such pressure.”
Perhaps feeling the need to defend herself after UFC president Dana White claimed that she had actually been medically cleared to fight, Nunes added;
“I was taken to the hospital after weigh-ins and they only checked my blood and dehydration so cleared me based on that. The next day I went back and they did a CT scan and found a build up and I was prescribed antibiotics and referred to a specialist.
“I have never pulled out of a fight before. I am sorry to all my fans that came out to see me, I’ll make it up to you the next time I step in the cage. The fight is being rescheduled. I still want this fight. I still want this opponent. Thank you.”
— Amanda Nunes (@Amanda_Leoa) July 9, 2017
A then healthy Nunes had revealed in an interview with the UFC’s Megan Olivi several days ago that she often has problems with her sinuses when she travels, but she had made her way to Las Vegas well in advance of fight night in an attempt to avoid any potential medical issues and to acclimate to the desert environment. Unfortunately those efforts were for naught.
Early plans are for Nunes vs Shevchenko 2 to be rescheduled for UFC 215, which takes place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada on September 9th.
Per Dana White, the early thought is re-book Nunes, Shevchenko to September PPV in Edmonton.
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) July 8, 2017
However, at present it looks unlikely that the fight will land in the headline slot on that card, or any other card for that matter, as Dana White has indicated that he will not book Nunes in another main event after the way things unfolded this weekend.