No more UFC pay-per-view main events for Nunes: White

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - LAS VEGAS —

Trust is a high pri­or­ity with UFC pres­i­dent Dana White, and by pulling out of UFC 213 claim­ing ill­ness in de­fi­ance of med­i­cal clear­ance, women’s ban­tamweight champ Amanda Nunes broke it.

White learned Fri­day night that Nunes had fallen ill. Her ab­dom­i­nal cramp­ing and si­nus is­sues had al­ready led her to con­clude that she couldn’t fight No. 1-rated con­tender Valentina Shevchenko the next day.

Ac­cord­ing to three of­fi­cials fa­mil­iar with the sit­u­a­tion, Nunes was asked to re­con­sider her with­drawal Satur­day morn­ing. Even with the doc­tor’s ap­proval to fight, she didn’t budge. So late Satur­day night, White re­vealed the reper­cus­sions of Nunes’ de­ci­sion.

“I won’t do that again,” White said when asked if he’ll ever place Nunes in an­other pay-per-view main event.

That marks a steep fall for the Brazil­ian, who has a 14-4 record and won her last two main-event fights with dom­i­nant first-round stop­pages of Miesha Tate and Ronda Rousey.

“A lot of fight­ers have had times where they don’t feel right . ... I don’t know that I’ve ever had a sit­u­a­tion like today, where she was phys­i­cally ca­pa­ble to fight” and didn’t, White said. “It was 90 per cent men­tal and 10 per cent phys­i­cal.”

Nunes’ de­ci­sion is es­pe­cially puz­zling con­sid­er­ing that she opted to skip a guar­an­teed $150,000 purse in­stead of risk­ing a loss against a fighter she’d al­ready de­feated in March 2016 by unan­i­mous de­ci­sion in a non-ti­tle fight.

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