Valentina Shevchenko Tougher Than Ronda Rousey; Bantamweight Champ Amanda Nunes Can’t Promise KO Win

By Joe Bacaron, Posted: 05/16/17 06:53PM EDT

Amanda Nunes fully expects the rematch against Valentina Shevchenko to go the distance, just like their first fight. Is the Brazilian taking potshot again at Ronda Rousey whom she dispatched in just 48 seconds?

TMZ Sports chanced upon the bantamweight champion where she was asked about her prediction for the fight at the UFC 213 on July 8. She said, "Five rounds. It will be a battle, a real battle. And I will be ready for her."

For their first matchup in March last year, Nunes' conditioning came into question as she obviously slowed down as they entered the third round. In fact, Shevchenko won the third and final round to almost steal the victory.

There's already a lot of anticipation for the rematch as the two fighters do not like each other. During the press conference to announce UFC 213 for instance, Nunes and Shevchencko almost came into blows.

Nunes later explained that her opponent touched her first, and she just reacted accordingly. "She's not supposed to touch me at all," the bantamweight champ said. "There's no reason for [her to] touch my face. You guys [didn't] see because my back was like that and she touched me first and make [my] reaction like the way it was."

The 28-year-old Brazilian seems to be getting her motivation on some perceived slight. During the runup to the Rousey fight in December last year, Nunes was angry at the way the UFC promoted the matchup because it was centered around "Rowdy" when she was the legitimate champion.

Nunes admitted that she fought angry against Rousey. She later apologized to her opponent for the way she acted as well as her remarks, and explained to the press where she's coming from. The fighter also credited Rowdy for her contributions to propelling UFC women's fighting into what it is today.

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