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Amanda Nunes has released a statement as to why she was forced to withdraw from her UFC 213 main event.

Taking to her social media, Nunes has revealed that an issue with her sinuses left her feeling unwell to the point that she could no longer compete.

“I have chronic sinusitis,” Nunes posted. “I have fought with it before but this time It didn’t work out, during the weight cut I was unable to breath and felt off balance from the pressure in my sinuses. I was not feeling well enough to risk getting punched in the head with such pressure.

“I was taken to the hospital after the weigh ins and they only checked my blood and dehydration so cleared me based on that. The next day I went back and they did a CT scan and found a build up and I was prescribed antibiotics and referred to a specialist.”

UFC president Dana White had raised eyebrows after informing the media that Nunes had been medically cleared by doctors and was therefore technically able to fight. Instead, the women’s bantamweight champion pulled out of the fight, but promised fans the Shevchenko contest would take place in the near future.

“I have never pulled out of a fight before. I am sorry to all my fans that came out to see me, I’ll make it up to you the next time I step in the cage. The fight is being rescheduled.”