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Valentina Shevchenko releases statement after UFC 213 title fight cancellation

Valentina Shevchenko gives her take on the UFC 213 situation.
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Hours away from fighting Amanda Nunes for the UFC bantamweight championship in Las Vegas, Valentina Shevchenko received the news that the Brazilian was out of UFC 213 due to illness.

On social media, a "frustrated" Shevchenko released a statement on the situation, blaming Nunes for her condition.

Today I am 100% ready for this fight. During the last 3 months of training I did everything to be in my best shape for this fight. Nunes couldn't cut weight correctly and was hospitalized. She wanted to cut weight and recover rapidly to have the advantage. The end result, everything went wrong. Even though she was medically cleared to fight, she backed out. This fight was originally offered to take place in April and she would not accept then.

I did my part and am very upset that I can't fight for the title today on this great event. I am even more upset for all my dear fans who support me every time throughout the world and to those who traveled to see me fight here in Las Vegas live. I feel frustrated about what happened but I won't relax, will not put down energy in my preparation, and will wait until the UFC gives us another date for the fight.

Nunes has yet to comment on the situation, but her sister Val Nunes, who is in Las Vegas for UFC 213, posted a quick statement on her social media, saying that the UFC champion "will be 100 percent soon" and the fight will be rescheduled to a later date.

According to UFC president Dana White, the initial plan is to move the Nunes vs. Shevchenko rematch for UFC 215 in Edmonton, Canada, on Sept. 9.

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