Nunes cites si­nusi­tis for skip­ping fight at UFC 213

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS -

Ul­ti­mate Fight­ing Cham­pi­onship ban­tamweight cham­pion Amanda Nunes blamed chronic si­nusi­tis for her de­ci­sion to drop out of her ti­tle de­fence at UFC 213 with just a few hours’ no­tice.

Nunes re­vealed her con­di­tion in post­ings Sun­day on Twit­ter and In­sta­gram. Nunes made a trip to the hos­pi­tal on Satur­day and de­cided not to fight later that night, in­fu­ri­at­ing the UFC and op­po­nent Valentina Shevchenko.

Nunes, who beat Ronda Rousey in her last bout, said she felt out of breath dur­ing her weight cut. She also “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.”

“I have never pulled out of a fight be­fore,” Nunes wrote. “I am sorry to all my fans that came out to see me.”

UFC Pres­i­dent Dana White and Shevchenko sharply crit­i­cized Nunes for her de­ci­sion, which forced the pro­mo­tion to scrap the main event of its pay-per-view show. Shevchenko ripped Nunes for at­tempt­ing a dras­tic weight cut, mak­ing her more sus­cep­ti­ble to ill­ness.

“I think that it was 90 per cent men­tal and maybe 10 per cent phys­i­cal,” White said.

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