In the absence of Johnson-Borg, the women's bantamweight championship bout between Amanda Nunes and Valentina Shevchenko -- a rematch of their close first meeting in 2016 -- was elevated to top billing.
Henry Cejudo -340Wilson Reis +270Flyweight UFC women's bantamweight championship -- Amanda Nunes (14-4) vs. Valentina Shevchenko (14-2): It's difficult to prove you have the right gas tank to go the distance if your opponents can't hang around long enough to stretch you.
Their UFC 196 showdown was Nunes' final bout before submitting Miesha Tate to win the 135-pound crown and she was also criticized for fading late, which had become a recurring theme for "The Lioness," particularly in her 2014 loss to Cat Zingano after dominating the first two rounds.
Ultimately, this matchup offers a perfect contrast between the larger and powerful Nunes, who comes forward at an aggressive pace, against the counter-striking Shevchenko, who has shown a calculated tendency to capitalize on her opponent's mistakes.
Considering Shevchenko's durability and the fact that she took Nunes' best shot in their first meeting (getting cut by an elbow on the ground) and fought off a submission attempt shortly after, this one has great potential to be decided on the scorecards.
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