A female bantamweight bout has been added to UFC 196 as Amanda Nunes vs. Valentina Shevchenko has been added to the March 5th lineup. Ariel Helwani reported the news.
Amanda Nunes vs Valentina Shevchenko added to UFC 196.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) February 7, 2016
UFC 196: dos Anjos vs. McGregor be held on March 5, 2016 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Nunes (11-4 MMA) is riding a two fight winning streak. A TKO win over Shayna Baszler was followed up by a submission (rear-naked choke) win over Sara McMann last August. The win also earned Nunes a ‘Performance of the Night’ bonus.
Shevchenko (9-1 MMA) made her UFC debut as a short-notice replacement for Germaine de Randamie against Sarah Kaufman at UFC on Fox: dos Anjos vs. Cerrone 2. She won the fight via split decision.
With this fight addition, UFC 196 now looks like this.
Rafael dos Anjos (c) vs Conor McGregor
Holly Holm (c) vs. Miesha Tate
Corey Anderson vs. Tom Lawlor
Erick Silva vs. Nordine Taleb
Darren Elkins vs. Chas Skelly
Diego Sanchez vs. Jim Miller
Amanda Nunes vs. Valentina Shevchenko
Justin Salas vs. Jason Saggo