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White says Amanda Nunes vs. Valentina Shevchenko 2 will ‘hopefully’ happen at UFC 215

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After it was scrapped from UFC 213 on Saturday afternoon, UFC president Dana White is already targeting Amanda Nunes vs. Valentina Shevchenko 2 for a September pay-per-view card.

UFC 213: Weigh-ins Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Dana White already has a date in mind for Amanda Nunes vs. Valentina Shevchenko 2, which was supposed to happen on Saturday night but was cancelled on fight day due to an illness suffered by Nunes.

The UFC president is hoping to reschedule the women’s bantamweight title fight for UFC 215, the closest pay-per-view card without a main event. UFC 215 is set to take place live from Edmonton, Alb., Canada on Sept. 9. The biggest fight currently official for the event is a heavyweight matchup between ex-champ Junior dos Santos and rising contender Francis Ngannou.

“[Shevchenko is] devastated, obviously,” White told ESPN (transcription via “Not only go through a full camp but you come, the whole prep, cut the weight, you weigh in, and you go through everything, and the day of the fight, the fight is pulled out from you. So it’s very tough, but obviously, we’re going to take care of her, and we’re going to look to make this fight again — hopefully in Edmonton. We have a fight coming up in Edmonton, which I believe is in September. We’ll try to make the fight then.”

According to White, Nunes was cleared by doctors to compete at UFC 213 on Saturday night, but she didn’t feel fit to fight and chose not to remain on the card.

Nunes and Shevchenko have fought once in the past. “The Lioness” defeated the current No. 1 contender at women’s 135 pounds at UFC 196 in March 2016, prior to her title run, which started with a win over Miesha Tate last summer.

Most recently, Nunes knocked out Ronda Rousey in under a minute. Shevchenko has won two in a row since her first UFC loss — a decision over Holly Holm and a submission over Julianna Pena.