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Amanda Nunes removed from UFC 213 main event

UFC 213 Media Day

L.E. Baskow

Women’s Bantamweight Champion Amanda Nunes readies for UFC213 as fighters meet with the media at the T-Mobile Arena on Thursday, July 6, 2017.

UFC 213 has lost its main event a couple hours before the annual International Fight Week pay-per-view card was set to begin at T-Mobile Arena.

Women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes fell ill Saturday morning and went to the hospital, forcing the promotion to remove her from a scheduled five-round fight with Valentina Shevchenko. Nunes’ exact condition remained unknown.

She showed signs of a rough weight cut all week, from a gaunt face to an exclamation of relief when hitting the 135-pound limit Friday morning.

An interim middleweight title fight between Robert Whittaker and Yoel Romero, initially slated as the co-main event, moves into the headlining role of the main card scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

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