Nunes’ coach responds to White criticism

Monday, July 10, 2017

UFC women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes pulled out of Saturday’s UFC 213 main event fight with Valentina Shevchenko on the day of the fight. She had never pulled out of a fight before; Nunes explained why in a statement on her social network.

“I have chronic sinusitis,” she wrote. “I have fought with it before but this time It didn’t work out. During the weight cut I was unable to breathe 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.”

UFC strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk tried to step up, but could not get all the required medicals done in time. UFC president Dana White said Nunes was cleared to fight, that he felt the withdrawal was 90% mental and only 10% physical, and that she would not main event again. White also noted he pulled Donald Cerrone vs. Robbie Lawler from UFC 213, even though doctors had cleared Cowboy to fight.

Nunes’ coach Conan Silviera responded to White in an interview with MMA’s go to guy for all things Brazilian Guilherme Cruz, for MMA Fighting.

“That has happened before, but we managed to come back, but it wasn’t as hard as this time,” said Silveira. “People don’t understand that that’s a big responsibility. You invest a lot to get to this position. You have to be 100 percent.”

“If you have a mouth you can say whatever you want. Every person has their own opinion. What he said is what a promoter says. It was enough for him to hear the doctor clearing her, but at the end of the day, Amanda is the one who steps in there to fight. Opinions from everyone else are nothing but opinions. You have to respect her decision. She’s the champion. What everyone else says means nothing.”

“If any other fighter is ill, nobody says anything. Everyone has this right. But she doesn’t because the champion? She has no right to get ill? He’s the promoter and has his opinion. That’s what he got from the doctor. Amanda went back to the hospital the next morning [Saturday] and did other tests and they saw she had chronic sinusitis and gave her antibiotics.”

“Critics and dumb people get together and form an opinion that doesn’t exist. Even fighters saying she was scared. Amanda is not scared of anyone. She retired Miesha Tate, she retired Ronda Rousey. Not to mention that she already beat Valentina by unanimous decision. How did she become scared now? Know the facts before you have your opinion.”

White currently plans to hold the fight at UFC 215 on September 9 in Edmonton, Alberta.