UFC 215 fight card: Live Stream Main Card And Fight 2017, Live UFC 215 Main Event Set as Amanda Nunes and Valentina Shevchenko Make Weight, Johnson vs. Borg Live, The UFC will invade Edmonton, Alberta, Canada next weekend for UFC 215. The pay-per-view event is headlined by a flyweight title fight featuring long-time champion Demetrious Johnson taking on Ray Borg.
Though UFC president Dana White said he wouldn’t put Amanda Nunes in a main event right away after she withdrew from UFC 213 on the day of the fight, he had no choice but to do so for this weekend’s UFC 215. After making weight on Friday, Nunes and Valentina Shevchenko are officially the new headlining bout for UFC 215 after the main event was surprisingly canceled late Thursday night.
UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson was expected to fight Ray Borg in the headlining bout, but doctors ruled out Borg on Thursday due to illness. Originally the night’s co-main event, the Nunes vs. Shevchenko rematch now tops the fight card.
Amanda Nunes: Dominant champion or just next in line? Nunes didn’t capture her bantamweight title directly from Ronda Rousey when she knocked out the former champion in just 48 seconds in December. But should Nunes defeat Shevchenko in Saturday’s rematch, it would cap a stretch of victories — which include a 2016 decision win over Shevchenko in their first meeting and submission of Miesha Tate for the belt — in which Nunes put forth a streak of dominance the division hasn’t seen since Rousey’s peak.
Nunes-Shevchenko II might be the sleeper fight of 2017: Originally scheduled for July at UFC 213, Saturday’s rematch was rescheduled when Nunes was forced to pull out in the final moments after being hospitalized for an illness caused by a difficult weight cut. The result was unfortunately par for the course in a largely forgettable 2017 for the UFC, which also saw a highly anticipated interim title fight between lightweights Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov in March fall apart for the same reason ahead of UFC 209.
Shevchenko stepped onto the scale first, weighing 133.5 pounds; well below the limit for their 135-pound title bout. Nunes arrived a short time later, weighing 135 pounds on the nose. With the loss of Johnson vs. Borg, the fight card will move forward with 11 bouts. A preliminary bout between Henry Cejudo and Wilson Reis was elevated to main card status, while Neil Magny vs. Rafael Dos Anjos now serves as the co-main event.