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UFC boss Dana White shuts down blockbuster trio Amanda Nunes with Shevchenko

UFC President Dana White has shut down a potential three-way fight between Amanda Nunes and Valentina Shevchenko – claiming he sees no point in the pair sharing the octagon again.

Two-division champion Nunes beat all divisions at 135 and 145lbs, to the point of MMA Fans are eager to see her re-examined by the dominant flyweight queen Shevchenko.

Amanda Nunes outplayed Valentina Shevchenko in their first meeting at UFC 196

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Amanda Nunes outplayed Valentina Shevchenko in their first meeting at UFC 196Credit: GETTY
And The Lioness retained their 135lb belt through a split decision in their second clash at UFC 215.

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And The Lioness retained their 135lb belt through a split decision in their second clash at UFC 215.Credit: GETTY
But UFC head Dana White is not interested in a three part fight between the pair

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But UFC head Dana White is not interested in a three part fight between the pairCredit: GETTY

But with Shevchenko being 2-0 down in their series, White not interested in hitting the pair together again.

The veteran promoter told TSN: “I don’t know if that war needs to happen. “I do not know.

I thought about it a lot. You know, both are amazing in their own weight classes.

“They’ve already fought twice. Why rematch?”

Though he’s not currently open to book a third Nunes vs Shevchenko match, White admits he could be receptive to the idea if the pair – along with fans – campaign for it.

He said: “I would imagine if they wanted to do it badly enough and the fans wanted it badly enough, I would do it but I don’t see much point in that.”


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Even though Nunes is two matches in the run against her flyweight opponent, both matches are extremely close.

The Brazilians won their 2016 match at UFC 196 passed unanimous decision but got really stuck in the third and final round.

And The Lioness secured a decisive victory over the Kyrgyz-Peruvians in their 2017 rematch at UFC 215, which many thought Shevchenko won.

Fan favorite Shevchenko was relegated to flyweight after her ill-fated bid for the bantamweight throne and has been unstoppable since – dominating her eight most recent opponents in a row.

But part of White’s reticence about beating the 125lb queen against Nunes for a third time is the size difference between the pair.

He then added: “This is not fair to Valentina – Amanda Nunes is so much older than her.

“[135] and [145] pound woman she can fight.

White believes that Shevchenko will be underestimated compared to Nunes in the third battle

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White believes that Shevchenko will be underestimated compared to Nunes in the third battleCredit: GETTY

“Without a doubt, Valentina is the ugliest woman in the world in the weight class and below.

“But to move up with such a large weight. Yes, can she hang herself?

“Will it come to a segregated decision? It’s hard to call.”

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