Saturday, July 8, 2017
Las vegas, Nevada
UFC 213: Nunes vs. Shevchenko 2 is an upcoming mixed martial arts event produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship that will be held on July 8, 2017 at T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada, part of the Las Vegas metropolitan area.
The event will take place during the UFC's annual International Fight Week.
A UFC Bantamweight Championship bout between current champion Cody Garbrandt and former champion T.J. Dillashaw was expected to take place at this event, possibly as the headliner. However, on May 23, Garbrandt withdraw due to a back injury and the bout was scrapped.
A UFC Women's Bantamweight Championship bout between current champion Amanda Nunes and multiple-time muay thai world champion Valentina Shevchenko is expected to headline this event. The pairing met previously in March 2016 at UFC 196, with Nunes winning by unanimous decision. This will mark the first Women's Bantamweight title fight since the belt's introduction (in 2013) which will not feature Miesha Tate or Ronda Rousey, the former of whom lost the title to Nunes in July 2016.
An interim UFC Middleweight Championship bout between 2000 Olympic silver medalist and former world champion in freestyle wrestling Yoel Romero and The Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes welterweight winner Robert Whittaker is expected to serve as the co-headliner.
A welterweight bout between former UFC Welterweight Champion Robbie Lawler and former UFC Lightweight Championship challenger Donald Cerrone was originally booked for UFC 205. However, Lawler pulled out to take a little more time after losing his title via knockout at UFC 201. The fight is now expected to take place at this event.
Amanda Nunes vs Valentina Shevchenko
Bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes was scratched from her title defence against Valentina Shevchenko after being hospitalised, just a few hours before UFC 213.
The UFC cited “illness” — without elaborating — in its statement.
Yoel Romero’s interim middleweight title bout against Robert Whittaker becomes the main event of the pay-per-view show at T-Mobile Arena, although the UFC also offered ticket refunds to fans.
After Nunes was hospitalised, UFC President Dana White said Strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk lobbied him to give her a late-notice fight against the Shevchenko.
The Nevada Athletic Commission would never allow such a thing, but Jedrzejczyk and Shevchenko already fought each other three times in Muay Thai competition during their martial arts careers.
Yoel Romero vs Robert Whittaker
Robert Whittaker (20-4) defeated Yoel Romero (12-2) via unanimous decision (48-47 x 3)
Australia has its first UFC champion — and Robert Whittaker is a champion in every sense of the word.
The Sydney-based fighter won the interim middleweight title in a five-round war against athletic freak Yoel Romero despite suffering a leg injury in the first few minutes.
Down two rounds to none, Whittaker found a way to turn the tables and claim the final three rounds to grab the first piece of UFC gold by a man from Down Under.
“(The knee injury) was pretty bad, but champions are made of this stuff,” Whittaker said.
The first round showcased the athletic ability of two of the greatest specimens in the sport. Romero was able to wrap his hands around Whittaker three times, but the Aussie showed remarkable flexibility to avoid ending up on the floor. “Amazing takedown defence by Whittaker,” commentator Joe Rogan said. “Amazing.”
Romero also had success with front leg kicks, forcing Whittaker’s left knee to awkwardly lock with one heavy blow. “My leg is f***ed,” Whittaker told his corner during the first break.
Romero took advantage of Whittaker’s compromised condition to physically dominate the second.
But after being told by his corner to “forget” about his knee, Whittaker dug deep to dominate the third round. Romero was either gassed or conserving energy for later in the fight, but he barely threw any strikes.
Daniel Omielanczuk vs Curtis Blaydes
Curtis Blaydes (8-1) defeated Daniel Omielanczuk (19-8-1) via unanimous decision (30-27 x 3)
Young heavyweight Curtis Blaydes showed he’s still a work-in-progress while pocketing a win against 15th-ranked Daniel Omielanczuk.
In an awkward, slow-paced fight, Blaydes never looked in danger in a bout that barely featured any blows of consequence.
The Polish veteran had no trouble defending Blaydes’ takedown attempts — many of which were telegraphed and cumbersome — but spent much of the first two rounds pinned up against the side of the Octagon.
Blaydes opted to maintain more distance in the third and busted up the face of his opponent a little more but there were none of the heavy hits the crowd was looking for.
“I should have done better on my feet,” Blaydes said. “I got to work on my hands a little bit longer.”
Fabricio Werdum vs Alistair Overrem
Alistair Overeem (43-15) defeated Fabricio Werdum (21-7-1) via majority decision (29-28 x 2, 28-28)
Alistair Overeem scraped past Fabricio Werdum by majority decision to move ahead 2-1 in their head-to-head rivalry and become the number one contender in the heavyweight division.
In Cain Velasquez’s absence, these two giants have beaten everyone in the division bar champion Stipe Miocic in recent years and were looking to make a claim for another shot at the title.
Not much happened in a too-close-to-call opening round, although Overeem had an argument for landing the more meaningful shots.
Werdum dropped to his back twice in the second round in an attempt to take advantage of his skills on the ground, but despite flirting with the idea of trying his luck from top position, Overeem chose to return to his feet both times.
The Dutchman continued to land the heavier blows as he opened a cut on the bridge of Werdum’s nose, connecting with a left uppercut and a looping left hook.
But the Brazilian turned the fight on its head when he floored Overeem with a knee to the chin in the third. Overeem was wobbled and copped punishment before being taken down.
Anthony Pettis vs Jim Miller
Anthony Pettis (20-6) defeated Jim Miller (28-10) via unanimous decision (30-27 x 3)
Former lightweight champion Anthony Pettis returned to the 155-pound division but despite a solid win over veteran Jim Miller he’ll need to do a little more to prove “Showtime” is really back.
After an ill-fated drop to featherweight, which saw him dominate Charles Oliveira on debut before being bludgeoned by current 145-pound champ Max Holloway, Pettis returned to the division he ruled from 2013-15 and showed there’s something left in the tank.
Miller had early success with his inside leg kick but Pettis began to find a comfort level and display the slick striking that marked his previous run to the title.
The script flipped briefly in the second as Miller caught an attempted Pettis head kick, tripped him and eventually managed to gain back control.
But Pettis slipped out of his grasp and turned the tables by putting Miller on his back. Miller’s blood covered the canvas — the result of an earlier head kick that connected with his left eyebrow — as Pettis did enough to steal the round.
*Fights labeled as "may not be broadcast" are scheduled to take place before the live broadcast begins. These pre-recorded fights are inserted into the broadcast if time permits. However, due to broadcast time constraints some of these undercard bouts may not be seen on a broadcast. These additional bout can be found as bonus footage on the event DVD.