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Referee and judging assignments set for UFC 213's dual title fights

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Veteran referee Herb Dean will be the third person in the cage when UFC women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes (14-4 MMA, 7-1 UFC) attempts her second title defense in her upcoming fight with Valentina Shevchenko (14-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC).

The Nevada State Athletic Commission today voted unanimously during a meeting in Las Vegas to appoint Dean for the title fight, which serves as the headliner of UFC 213. Dean will be paid $1,900 for the job.

Judges assigned for the title fight include Derek Cleary, Chris Lee and Glen Trowbridge, who will each receive $1,600.

UFC 213 takes place July 8 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight pass.

For the fight card’s co-headliner, an interim middleweight title fight between Robert Whittaker (18-4 MMA, 9-2 UFC) and Yoel Romero (13-1 MMA, 8-0 UFC), the commission elected veteran referee John McCarthy to oversee the bout. Veteran judges Sal D’Amato, Junichiro Kamijo and Jeff Mullen were selected to score the fight.

As with the Nunes vs. Shevchenko headliner, McCarthy will receive $1,900 while D’Amato, Kamijo and Mullen will receive $1,600.

For more on UFC 213, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Here's the trailer and latest fight card for UFC 213 – a championship doubleheader

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The UFC’s next pay-per-view event will features a pair of title fights on top of the bill.

UFC 213 takes place July 8 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass, though the bout order hasn’t been finalized.

You can check out an extended preview of the event above.

In the night’s main event, Amanda Nunes (14-4 MMA, 7-1 UFC), who’s No. 1 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA women’s bantamweight rankings, rematches No. 2-ranked Valentina Shevchenko (14-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC). Prior to winning the belt with a July 2016 submission victory over Miesha Tate, Nunes earned her title shot with a unanimous-decision victory over Shevchenko.

In UFC 213’s co-main event, No. 2-ranked Yoel Romero (13-1 MMA, 8-0 UFC) meets No. 4-ranked Robert Whittaker (18-4 MMA, 9-2 UFC). The 185-pound standouts are fighting for an interim title while champ Michael Bisping recovers from a knee injury – and angles for a fight with former longtime welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre (25-2 MMA, 19-2 UFC).

The latest UFC 213 card includes:

  • Champ Amanda Nunes vs. Valentina Shevchenko – for women’s bantamweight title
  • Yoel Romero vs. Robert Whittaker – for interim middleweight title
  • Donald Cerrone vs. Robbie Lawler
  • Alistair Overeem vs. Fabricio Werdum
  • Jim Miller vs. Anthony Pettis
  • Travis Browne vs. Aleksei Oleinik
  • Jordan Mein vs. Belal Muhammad
  • Brian Camozzi vs. Chad Laprise
  • Curtis Blaydes vs. Daniel Omielanczuk
  • Gerald Meerschaert vs. Thiago “Marreta” Santos

For more on UFC 213, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Valentina Shevchenko promises revenge on Amanda Nunes in UFC 213 title fight: 'It will be done'

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The tension between Valentina Shevchenko and Amanda Nunes ahead of their rematch is greatly increased compared to their first bout.

When Shevchenko (14-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) and Nunes (14-4 MMA, 7-1 UFC) fought at UFC 196 in March 2016, it was a straightforward and respectful affair. With the rematch planned 16 months later as the headliner for July’s UFC 213 event, the attitude between the two competitors is vastly different.

Respect has gone out the window, replaced by trash talk and hard feelings. Shevchenko said she doesn’t mind it, though, because everything eventually comes to a head inside the octagon.

“You have (until UFC 213) to talk more, and it will be finished soon,” Shevchenko told Nunes at the “UFC Summer Kickoff” press conference in May. “Don’t worry about it. Just talk, just talk; keep talking.”

UFC 213 takes place July 8 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Shevchenko vs. Nunes headlines the pay-per-view main card following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass, though the bout order hasn’t been finalized.

“The Bullet” suffered a unanimous-decision loss in her first meeting with Nunes at UFC 196. The Brazilian edged out a competitive three-round fight, which saw Nunes start strong but Shevchenko come on late to nearly steal a win in the final round.

The victory catapulted Nunes to challenge for the UFC women’s bantamweight title and led to consecutive first-round stoppage victories over Miesha Tate and Ronda Rousey to win and defend the gold, respectively. Shevchenko, meanwhile, has done solid work of her own, beating former champ Holly Holm and top contender Julianna Pena to set herself up for a rematch.

Shevchenko, No. 2 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA women’s bantamweight rankings, has taken the blame for her slow start in the first encounter to No. 1-ranked Nunes. With full awareness of her faults, though, she doesn’t expect the same outcome.

“It was very good and a very lucky fight,” Shevchenko said. “It doesn’t mean anything. (She) almost was beaten in the third round. (At UFC 213), it will be done.”

Naturally, Nunes feels differently about the situation. The common narrative coming out of UFC 196 was that if the fight were scheduled for five rounds, Shevchenko would have rallied for the win. Nunes disagrees and said if 25 minutes were at play instead of 15, all that would have changed is a larger margin of victory in her favor.

“I’m the champion for a reason – I will show,” Nunes said. “If this fight would have been five rounds, I would have beat her four (rounds) to one. It would have been the same.”

Although Shevchenko isn’t the type for heated verbal exchanges, it’s clear the loss to Nunes bothers her, and “The Lioness” brings out additional intensity. She wants to bring Nunes’ reign as champion to an end, and, more importantly, silence her.

“The 8th of July, it will be done,” Shevchenko said. “It’s only excuses. You have (until the fight) to speak, and it will be done. You will try, but it doesn’t guarantee it will happen.”

For more on UFC 213, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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