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Nunes Out of UFC 213: Whitaker vs. Romero Becomes Main Event

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Nunes Hospitalized with Sickness has to Pull out of UFC 213

Amanda Nunes will be unable to compete at UFC 213 against Valentina Shevchenko. UFC president Dana White confirmed the news earlier this evening. Nunes, the UFC women’s bantamweight champion, Was sent to the hospital for treatment early Saturday. Reports say she was sick on and off all week.  The UFC doctor cleared Nunes to fight, but she still backed out of the Main Event.

This would be only the second time in Nunes’ career where she had to withdraw from a fight. She had to pull out with a foot injury back in 2011. Nues was to fight Julie Kedzie in a Strikeforce bout on that night. The main event against Shevchenko on Saturday was a rematch of the two’s first meeting a year ago. Nunes won by unanimous decision.  It wasthe only decision fight in her professional MMA career.

Robert Whittaker vs. Yoel Romero will serve as the new main event. This is a battle for the interim middleweight title. Fabricio Werdum vs. Alistair Overeem the new co-main event.

UFC 213 just got a little shakeup. Whittaker-Romero is still a worthy headliner. Overall a bit of the luster has definitely been knocked off this card. UFC 213 was originally expected to feature T.J. Dillashaw against bantmaweight champ Cody Garbrandt in the main event. This is the second major change in the last couple weeks. Donald Cerrone vs. Robbie Lawler was pushed back to UFC 214 after Cerrone was hospitalized with a blood infection.

Whitaker vs. Romero Preview for UFC 213

UFC fight fans finally get to see Yoel Romero battle for UFC gold. It is only an interim belt, but he is worthy of the shot. He faces off with red-hot Robert Whittaker in the main event. The two fighters have a combined 15-fight winning streak. This is among the best active streaks in the company. If Whittaker is able to pressure Romero and keep him from taking the fight to the ground, it will be quite an interesting bout.

Many UFC experts say that whoever wins this fight is the best middleweight in the world. We will get a chance to see them in action tonight.

The Tale of the Tape

Yoel Romero
Record: 13-1
Top Wins: Chris Weidman, Ronaldo Souza), Lyoto Machida, Tim Kennedy
Top Losses: Rafael Cavalcante in Strikeforce
Road to Victory: Romero is one of the greatest athletes to ever compete inside the Octagon. The Olympic silver medalist in wrestling moves is almost 40 years old, but his quickness and his ability to time hard hitting contact and quick takedowns don’t show his age.

Romero is really smart. He’s knows his limitations, and he’s willing to give up large portions of the fight so he can recoup energy before exploding again. Doing this allows him to carry his power and explosiveness late into the fight. He outlasts his younger foes as well.

 To defeat Whittaker, Romero will need to be able counter effectively. Whittaker moves a lot. He can’t be chasing him around the ring. It is tiring and can drain the gas tank quickly.  Romero is savvy enough to catch Whittaker as he comes in. If he is able to do that he can take advantage of it and win this fight.

Robert Whittaker
Record: 18-4
Top Wins: Ronaldo Souza, Derek Brunson, Uriah Hall, Rafael Natal
Top Losses: Stephen Thompson, Court McGee
Road to Victory: Whittaker is a kickboxer with a background in both boxing and karate. That history translates very well into the cage. Whitaker uses his swift feet well, he has strong kicks, and sharp and quick combinations to blister opponents. At only 26 years of age, he can maintain long periods of time attacking and being on full-tilt. The Aussie throws a lot of punches and they are consistent. He doens’t take much of a break between flurries. If he sizes his opponent up he is throwing deadly blows from the opening bell.

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UFC 213 Odds — Courtesy of 5Dimes

UFC Fighting Money Line Total Points
UFC 213 – Middleweight 5 rounds – T-Mobile Arena – Las Vegas, Nevada – PPV
Sat 7/8 1001 Robert Whittaker  -120  o1½ -210
11:30PM 1002 Yoel Romero  +100  u1½ +175
UFC 213 – Heavyweight 3 rounds – T-Mobile Arena – Las Vegas, Nevada – PPV
Sat 7/8 1101 Fabricio Werdum  +120  o1½ -175
10:30PM 1102 Alistair Overeem  -140  u1½ +155
UFC 213 – Heavyweight 3 rounds – T-Mobile Arena – Las Vegas, Nevada – PPV
Sat 7/8 1201 Daniel Omielanczuk  +550  o1½ -130
11:00PM 1202 Curtis Blaydes  -800  u1½ +110
UFC 213 – Lightweight 3 rounds – T-Mobile Arena – Las Vegas, Nevada – PPV
Sat 7/8 1301 Jim Miller  +180  o2½ -170
10:00PM 1302 Anthony Pettis  -220  u2½ +150
UFC 213 – Bantamweight 3 rounds – T-Mobile Arena – Las Vegas, Nevada – PPV
Sat 7/8 1401 Douglas Silva de Andrade  +245  o2½ -145
7:30PM 1402 Rob Font  -290  u2½ +125
UFC 213 – Heavyweight 3 rounds – T-Mobile Arena – Las Vegas, Nevada – FS1
Sat 7/8 1501 Oleksiy Oliynyk  +225  o1½ +160
9:30PM 1502 Travis Browne  -265  u1½ -185
UFC 213 – Welterweight 3 rounds – T-Mobile Arena – Las Vegas, Nevada – FS1
Sat 7/8 1601 Brian Camozzi  +500  o2½ -110
9:00PM 1602 Chad Laprise  -700  u2½ -110
UFC 213 – Middleweight 3 rounds – T-Mobile Arena – Las Vegas, Nevada – FS1
Sat 7/8 1701 Thiago Santos  -160  o1½ +158
8:30PM 1702 Gerald Meerschaert  +140  u1½ -180
UFC 213 – Welterweight 3 rounds – T-Mobile Arena – Las Vegas, Nevada – FS1
Sat 7/8 1801 Belal Muhammad  -135  o1½ -245
8:00PM 1802 Jordan Mein  +115  u1½ +205


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