UFC 213: Two titles at stake
MMA promotion UFC 213 is held on July 8 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The event features on the program of UFC’s annual International Fight Week. Two titles will be contested during the evening.
The current UFC bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt of the US faces off against his country-fellow T.J. Dillashaw. The champion holds the 11-fight undefeated record, while the challenger is ranked No.2 in the division with the 15-3 score behind his belt.
Garbrandt won the title against Dominick Cruz last December. Dillashaw is coming out of two victories against John Lineker and Raphael Assuncao.
Furthermore, the UFC women’s bantamweight title will be challenged on the night. The current champion Amanda Nunes (14-4) of Brazil is looking forward to make the secon defense when she takes on the No.1 ranked Valentina Shevchenko (14-2) of Kyrgyzstan.
Nunes won the title against Miesha Tate last July. She defended the belt against Ronda Rousey last December. In addition, the Nunes vs Schevchenko bout is a rematch with Brazilian earning a unanimous decision last March.
The UFC 213 fight card also comprises a welterweight bout between a former champion in the division Robbie Lawler (27-11-0, 1 NC) and a former UFC lightweight championship challenger Donald Cerrone (32-8-0, 1NC). The bout was previously expected to take place at UFC 205. Lawler pulled out from the contest requiring more time after losing by knockout against Tyron Woodley at UFC 201.
Also on the card ranked No.1 heavyweight Fabricio Wedrum (21-6-1) out of Brazil is up against ranked No.3 Dutch-English Alistair Overeem (42-15-0, 1 NC). As well, ranked No.6 in the lightweight Anthony Pettis (19-6-0) of the US battles out against his American-fellow Jim Miller (28-9-0, 1 NC).
To date the revealed UFC 213 fight card looks as the following:
Bantamweight: Cody Garbrandt vs. T.J. Dillashaw – UFC title
Women’s Bantamweight: Amanda Nunes vs. Valentina Shevchenko – UFC title
Welterweight: Robbie Lawler vs. Donald Cerrone
Heavyweight: Fabricio Werdum vs. Alistair Overeem
Lightweight: Anthony Pettis vs. Jim Miller