Amanda Nunes offers some clarity as to why she pushed Shevchenko at Summer Kickoff

“Don’t start nothing, won’t be nothing.” ~ DMX

Amanda Nunes is normally one to save her violence for inside the Octagon.  She’s not known to talk a lot of trash or get in any dust-ups outside of the cage. Some were surprised when she placed her fist on Valentina Shevchenko’s face and pushed at the Summer Kickoff Press Conference.  The two did have a little bit of back and forth during the conference, but the push seemed a pretty big escalation.

Today during a UFC 213 media luncheon, at Hinoki & the Bird in Century City, CA, Amanda explained the reason for the physical escalation. When asked what had happened, she was quick to explain why it took place. She said Shevchenko touched her face.

“You guys never see me do that before. If she didn’t touch me, nothing is gonna happen. Imagine in that situation, a lot of emotions involved, somebody touch your face. It’s not cool. I kind of responded in that moment. It was more than she did to me, but I reacted.  You never know, especially how you feel in that moment and somebody talks so much sh*t about you and touches you, your face. At that angle, you guys couldn’t see it that well, but I felt it.”

Amanda defeated Valentina Shevchenko at UFC 196 but in the third round, she had to survive a scare when she was dropped by Shevchenko. The two are set for a rematch at UFC 213 on July 8th in Las Vegas. Amanda will be defending her UFC Bantamweight title in the co-main event.

The current main event is Cody Garbrandt taking on TJ Dillashaw. That fight is in jeopardy due to Cody Garbrandt’s injured back.