Amanda Nunes will defend her bantamweight crown in a rematch against Valentina Shevchenko at UFC 213 on July 8.
Multiple outlets have confirmed that Nunes and Shevchenko have agreed to terms following an initial report by Talk MMA on Twitter. The UFC has not officially announced the bout. UFC 213 takes place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and also includes another 135-pound championship clash, as Cody Garbrandt defends his strap against T.J. Dillashaw.
Nunes and Shevchenko first fought a UFC 196, with Nunes capturing a unanimous decision triumph. “Lioness” then claimed bantamweight gold with a first-round submission of Miesha Tate at UFC 200 and defended the title with a 48-second stoppage of Ronda Rousey at UFC 206 this past December. The 28-year-old Brazilian has won seven of her last eight fights and is 14-4 as a professional overall.
After falling to Nunes, Shevchenko took a decision over ex-champ Holly Holm at UFC on Fox 20 and submitted top contender Julianna Pena at UFC on Fox 23 in her next two outings. “Bullet” owns a 14-2 professional mark and has finished 10 of those triumphs by knockout, technical knockout or submission.