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Amanda Nunes: I pulled out of UFC 213 due to ‘chronic sinusitis,’ and ‘I was prescribed antibiotics’

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UFC women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes explains why she didn’t fight Valentina Shevchenko at UFC 213.

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

UFC women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes has released a lengthy statement addressing what caused her to pull out of the UFC 213 main event vs. Valentina Shevchenko. While Shevchenko claimed this was the result of a bad Nunes weight cut, the champion says it was an ongoing issue with sinusitis, which is the inflammation or swelling of the tissues lining the sinuses.

“Everyone is wanting to hear my side so here it is….. I have chronic sinusitis , I have fought with it before but this time It didn’t work out, during the weight cut I was unable to breath [sic] and felt off balance from the pressure in my sinuses. I was not feeling well enough to risk getting punched in the head with such pressure. I was taken to the hospital after weigh ins and they only checked my blood and dehydration so cleared me based on that. The next day I went back and they did a CT scan and found a build up and I was prescribed antibiotics and referred to a specialist. I have never pulled out of a fight before. I am sorry to all my fans that came out to see me, I’ll make it up to you the next time I step in the cage. The fight is being rescheduled. I still want this fight. I still want this opponent. Thank you”

Nunes’ statement does back up UFC president Dana White’s original comments that she was cleared to compete, but otherwise didn’t feel in good enough shape to fight on Saturday.

White is looking at re-scheduling this bout for UFC 215 in Edmonton, which happens on September 9th and is otherwise without a main event. If you are to believe White, Nunes isn’t going to be headlining UFC shows anymore as a result of backing out of yesterday’s event.