Amanda Nunes vs. Valentina Shevchenko heading to UFC 196 in Las Vegas on March 5

By Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

The UFC’s March 5 event is now UFC 196, and a day after the re-branding the UFC has added a new fight to the card. The organization announced on Thursday that Amanda Nunes will take on Valentina Shevchenko on the card in Las Vegas.

Nunes is 6-3 in major organizations, with a 4-1 mark inside the Octagon thus far. She suffered her sole loss by TKO against Cat Zingano, though she’s stopped each of the four opponents she’s beaten in the UFC. Her most recent may have been her most impressive, as she submitted former UFC title challenger Sara McMann.

Shevchenko made her UFC debut in December, edging past former Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight Champion Sarah Kaufman by split decision. The 27-year-old Kyrgyzstani is 12-1 overall in her career, with her sole loss coming against a different UFC title challenger Liz Carmouche in 2010. She had a lengthy time out of the sport from 2010 to 2013, but she’s won four straight since coming back from that layoff.

UFC 196 will be headlined by a dual main event in Rafael dos Anjos vs. Conor McGregor and Holly Holm vs. Miesha Tate.

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