UFC 213: Two Championships, Huge Fights
Amanda Nunes is the undisputed baddest woman in the UFC. The last time she was in the Octagon she needed just one round to knock out the once unbeatable champion Ronda Rousey. Nunes has rolled through the competition in the bantamweight division, beating the likes of former champion Holly Holm and Julianna Pena during her five-fight winning streak. Now, she defends her bantamweight world champion against an old foe, No. 1 contender Valentina Shevchenko, in the main event of UFC 213 on July 8. The highly anticipated cap to International Fight week features three stellar undercard fights.
In the co-main event, No. 1 contender Yoel Romero meets No. 3 contender Robert Whittaker for the interim middleweight championship. Romero, the former Olympic freestyle wrestler, has never lost in the UFC, winning all eight of his Octagon appearances. Whittaker may be the hottest middleweight on the planet, winning all six of his UFC fights since moving up to 185 pounds.
In the heavyweight division, it’s a rubber match between two of the best big men to ever strap on the gloves, as former world champion Fabricio Werdum attempts to break his deadlock with elite striker Alistair Overeem.
As an appetizer, former UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler returns to face Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone. Back for the first time since last July, “Ruthless” will be seeking a finish early and often against Cerrone, who has won four of five bouts since moving to the 170-pound weight class last year.