Valentina Shevchenko spoke with MMAjunkie backstage at UFC 213 in Las Vegas.
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LAS VEGAS — Dana White insisted that Amanda Nunes’ dramatic late withdrawal from UFC 213 was “90% mental” and vowed never to place to the women’s bantamweight champion in a main event again.
White was left frustrated when the Brazilian star pulled out of her bout with Valentina Shevchenko just hours before its scheduled time slot on Saturday, leaving a significant gap at the top of the card.
Nunes claimed she was too unwell to compete in what would have been her second defense of the belt after beating Miesha Tate to secure the title and demolishing Ronda Rousey in December. However, White said that doctors had cleared her to fight after conducting numerous checks.
“It was 90% mental and probably 10% physical,” White said. “A lot of fighters have had times they didn’t feel right and we’ve had guys who are outright sick.
“I don’t think I’ve ever had a situation like (this) where she was physically capable of fighting. I won’t do…