Nunes has christened her rise as "The Era of the Lioness" and with her fearsome stand-up allied to impressive wrestling credentials and an explosive ground-and-pound game, it's easy to see why she could dominate the division for the foreseeable future. With that said, Nunes may be the most feared striker in the division. "I'm the champion. I'm supposed to have attention".
Bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes will put her belt on the line verses a familar foe. Speed and power are his most useful attributes and with a lifetime of martial arts training under his belt, Whittaker has become one of the division's most risky strikers.
Bisping has always been attached to a fight with former welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre and despite UFC president Dana White saying that matchup is no longer on the table, both competitors are still pushing for it to happen as early as November.
The main card event starts at 3am BST (Sunday in the UK).
There's no word on how long Nunes will be sidelined, but it appears to be some sort of illness that she was dealing with this week in the lead-up to UFC 213.
Shevchenko on Nunes punching her at the press conference: "It tells one thing. But I've said many times to many people, it's not what man wants...it's who the creator of life decides". Valentina is the next step. "I'm going for the finish".
Amanda Nunes has a chance in UFC 213 to prove her preeminence in the organization
There's little reason to doubt her.
"I was supposed to have our child this year". She's too willing to let the other fighter get off first. Rousey was no match for Nunes, who won by TKO in only 48 seconds in the first round. That's where the champion finds herself again; this title defense hovers around a pick 'em, with some books slightly favoring Shevchenko.
Because Dana didn't spend $100 million (or even $100,000) to market Nunes prior to the Ronda Rousey fight, he's banking on Nunes capturing the fanbase that was initially drawn to Rousey. Shevchenko will cause Nunes problems but such is the confidence of the Brazilian at the moment, it seems Nunes is ready to cement a legacy in the Bantamweight division. "There's nothing to talk about with that fight. I guess Mr. Bisping doesn't like me very much, or simply that's the way he sees the fight". "After that fight, I became a champion and I will make Valentina understand I'm the best in the world". In one of the deepest divisions in the sport, Romero and Whittaker have solidified themselves as the top two contenders and one of them will be holding a title by the end of Saturday.
Nunes duly grasped that opportunity with both hands, subjecting Tate to a hellish three-minute beating at UFC 200 that culminated in victory via rear-naked choke.
"I do the program more efficiently, with less days off, and every fight you're seeing a better Rob Whittaker in there". It felt sporadic. I don't think it was very smooth at all. It's a dream come true, and I have to make sure to keep it because I want to make history and maybe one day break records.style="text-align: center;"