had a situation like today where she was physically capable to fight and didn’t. It was 90 percent mental and 10 percent physical.”
Nunes’ decision to skip the fight resulted in passing over a $150,000 guaranteed purse instead of risking a loss against a fighter she already defeated in March 2016 by unanimous decision in a non-title fight.
Nunes apologized on social media and vowed to return at 100 percent. White said he will give Nunes and Shevchenko a spot on the UFC 215 card in Edmonton, Alberta, on Sept. 9.
Schevchenko is looking forward to getting her shot against Nunes.
“I know exactly why she’s doing this, and everybody knows,” Shevchenko said, strongly implying Nunes didn’t feel comfortable with the matchup following a taxing weight cut that left her visibly drained as she stepped on the scale for the official Friday morning weigh-in. “I know my time will come. I will fight for the title and I will have it. It doesn’t matter what happened today. It will happen in the future. I will be the champion against [Nunes] or someone else. I will be in my best shape — again.”
Time will tell if hype and grudges will result in a NunesSchevchenko bout that becomes worth watching.
Better late than never
In the 2008 Olympics, Great Britain’s 1,600-meter relay team of Michael Bingham, Martyn Rooney, Andrew Steele, and Robert Tobin missed out on earning a medal. On Sunday, the foursome was given a bronze medal after retests of doping samples last year showed that Denis Alexeev who helped Russia finish third, had used an anabolic steroid.
Making the moment memorable was receiving their medals at a ceremony during the London leg of the Diamond League at the main stadium used from the 2012 Olympics.
“It’s definitely surreal but an amazing opportunity nonetheless and a real privilege to get it in such a stadium and such a crowd,” Steele said. “Even though it’s nine years later I am really happy to receive it, it’s amazing.”
Steele received his medal from Craig Reedie, the Scotsman who is president of the World AntiDoping Agency.
Even if they got on the podium in Beijing, the national anthem of the United States would have been played since that was the winning team in the relay. On Sunday, God Save
the Queen was played in London when they received their medals.
Mixed martial arts bantamweight challenger Valentina Shevchenko said she will be ready for a proposed September bout against Amanda Nunes.