After a long wait to hear what was going on with UFC 213, ESPN’s Brett Okomoto broke the news on Twitter Tuesday evening.
The main event of UFC 213 will be Amanda Nunes versus Valentina Shevchenko for the UFC women’s bantamweight title, with a co-main event of Yoel Romero against Robert Whittaker for the interim middleweight title.
UFC 213 is the big card that is supposed to close out “International Fight Week” in Las Vegas that the promotion holds every year. Last year, UFC 200 is where Nunes won her title against Miesha Tate and has since cemented herself by defending it against former champion, Ronda Rousey. If you watched the “Summer Kickoff” press conference, the fight sold itself when the two fighters faced off.
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Stacking these July cards for this promotion has been a pretty big deal in recent years, but last year when Nunes won the title is also when the UFC, as old school fight fans know it changed when the promotion was sold for 4.2 billion dollars to WME-IMG. Opinions have varied under the new ownership and the changes made since then but this announcement.
However, the match between Romero and Whittaker could be a sign of the current owners finally hearing some of the fans.
When the title fight between Michael Bisping and Georges St- Pierre was announced fans were upset about Romero or Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza not getting their shot at the title. Then, Whittaker put himself in the picture by defeating Souza at UFC 211 where he was the underdog, putting himself in the title picture.
With Bisping/ St. Pierre bout off it seems the promotion finally looked at what their fans have been saying and put together a fight worthy of being on the July pay-per-view. It may not have the star power that seems to have been on the new owner’s agenda but it certainly is a legit fight for the middleweight division. That along with the rest of the main card should make for a good event for UFC 213.
Check out the current main card for UFC 213:
Amanda Nunes vs.Valentina Shevchenko
Yoel Romero vs.Robert Whittaker
Robbie Lawler vs.Donald Cerrone
Fabricio Werdum vs .Alistair Overeem
Anthony Pettis vs.Jim Miller
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