Yesterday the MMA world was sent a jolt when it was announced that Amanda Nunes wouldn’t compete at UFC 213 due to illness. But, Dana White believes the champ was more so dealing with mental issues than physical.
The announcement that Nunes would no longer fight Valentina Shevchenko in Saturday’s main event, came not long before the card got underway in Las Vegas. No specific details regarding Nunes’ illness were given.
After the event, White was of course, asked about the situation, and here is some of what the UFC President had to say (quotes via MMA Fighting):
“This morning, I wake up and I hear that she’s not feeling well again,” White continued. “And … she’s not feeling well again and she’s probably not going to fight. So, I asked the doctors what’s wrong with her. She was medically cleared. She was physically OK, they found nothing wrong with her, but she didn’t feel right.”
“It’s not like she was like ‘I’m absolutely refusing to fight,’” White added. “She said ‘I don’t feel right, I don’t feel good.’ I think that it was 90 percent mental and maybe 10 percent physical, I think a lot of fighters have had times where they don’t feel right.”
Then, White also reportedly added this, regarding the women’s 135 title:
“I won’t do that again. I won’t headline with that title again.”
Now, you would think that once a few weeks have passed, White might not feel the same way, in regards to the bantamweight championship. After all, some big fights could materialize in the coming months, and not headlining the title because of this seems unlikely. Further, White also said at one point that Jon Jones wouldn’t headline in his next bout…The latter will fight light-heavyweight champ Daniel Cormier in the main event of UFC 214, July 29th.
White also said that the promotion is attempting to rebook Nunes – Shevchenko for UFC 215, September 9th in Edmonton.