Valentina Shevchenko and Amanda Nunes are once again booked against each other for the UFC bantamweight championship, but the 135-pound contender is still unsure what to think of what happened last month in Las Vegas.
Nunes and Shevchenko made weight for the UFC 213 main event on July 7, but the Brazilian pulled out of the five-round fight on fight day. The next day, “The Lioness” revealed that sinusitis led to her withdrawal, but “Bullet" doesn’t believe it.
"It's difficult to say the real reason because the reason real just she knows,” Shevchenko said on Thursday’s edition of The MMA Hour, "and what I know exactly (is) we cannot believe everything that she's saying because one time she's saying one thing and some days she's saying different things.”
Asked about the sinusitis explanation, “Bullet" simply said "I don't believe in this."
Shevchenko’s theory is that Nunes had a hard weight cut in Las Vegas, and decided to call off the title fight.
"My opinion why she did it like, in reality, it was only because she was cutting weight too much in 24 hours and she was feeling very weak,” she said.
The bantamweight talents fought for the first time in March 2016, and the Brazilian won via unanimous decision. They are set to meet again in the co-main event of UFC 215 on Sept. 9, but Shevchenko wouldn’t be surprised if Nunes once again doesn’t enter the cage in Canada.
"Everything can happen,” Shevchenko said. "Speaking about her, you cannot be 100 percent sure. I can speak about me and I will be ready 100%, doesn't matter what. If she is planning to do it again it will not be good for her.”
Shevchenko earned a shot at the bantamweight title after scoring back-to-back wins over Holly Holm and Julianna Pena, and feels even better now compared to her training camp for UFC 213.
"Now we’re training in Denver, Colorado, and I’m feeling very strong,” said Shevchenko, who is training with strawweight contender Rose Namajunas. "I can say I'm feeling stronger than I was, and I have the same goal, the same target. I want this belt as same as I wanted, and doesn't matter what I will take it."