Amanda Nunes vs Valentina Shevchenko Moved to Main Event Slot; Garbrandt vs Dillashaw Cancelled

Published on May 24th, 2017 2:06 pm EST

Injuries to Cody Garbrandt and Michael Bisping have caused a chain reaction that is going to be felt for a number of months.

The UFC's original plan was to have the Middleweight title fight between Georges St. Pierre and Michael Bisping headlining UFC 213 in July. These plans came to a halt after GSP revealed that he wouldn't be ready to fight until at least November.

Plan B - an intriguing Bantamweight title fight between Cody Garbrandt and TJ Dillashaw, with Amanda Nunes vs Valentina Shevchenko as the main event. This isn't exactly what the UFC was hoping for when it came to their big July card, though it was certainly decent enough, especially given the fact that Jones vs Cormier couldn't take part on this card due to Jones' suspension.

The King is taking a sip of coffee from his golden mug.  The coffee tastes fantastic.Enter a back injury for Garbrandt, which has resulted in the Garbrandt vs Dillashaw fight being called off. How about a title fight between Michael Bisping and Yoel Romero? Nope - Bisping said that he is dealing with injuries and won't be available for months.


As a result, the UFC has made a fight between Yoel Romero and Robert Whittaker, with the winner being awarded the interim Middleweight title and the next shot at Michael Bisping.

This fight will serve as the co-main event for UFC 213, with Nunes vs Shevchenko getting bumped up to the main event slot.

In addition, the UFC has given up on the GSP vs Bisping fight, with St. Pierre returning back to 170 pounds to likely take on the winner of Woodley/Maia.

On top of that, the UFC reportedly wants to make a Flyweight fight between Demetrious Johnson and TJ Dillashaw in August, though "Mighty Mouse" doesn't seem fully on board as of yet.


In short - the winner of Romero/Whittaker will get Bisping next, GSP will return to 170 pounds, Nunes vs Shevchenko is the new main event of UFC 213, and Demetrious Johnson will likely be defending against TJ Dillashaw next.

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