UFC women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes might have given challenger Ronda Rousey a bit of advantage after calling in sick. With a week left fighters would want to get hold of every advantage they can get.
MMA Fighting assistant editor Marc Raimondi posted on Twitter that Nunes failed to show up in Los Angeles. But the UFC announced she is sick and could not make the media luncheon. Everyone hoped Nunes would make it until fight night slated on Dec. 30 in Las Vegas.
How Nunes prepared for her match vs. Rousey?
Nunes claimed when Rousey joined the UFC, it was the day she started preparing to meet her inside the Octagon. But with the recent developments, it might affect her preparations for UFC 207.
However, Nunes tells MMAmania.com correspondent Nicdali Rivera-Calanoc that after their stare-down at the weigh-in she felt excited about the fight. She even admitted fighting Rousey will be tough, but stress sticking to their fight plan will get the job done.
“Even if I have another opponent, after I finished that fight, I trained for Ronda Rousey. At the time she was the champion; now I’m the champion and she’s the challenger. How crazy is this? Ronda is really tough. But I know if I put my game, I will take this fight. We know everything Ronda brings. I know everything. We have a breakdown of Rousey I watch every day. I know everything she does good and bad. I will take this fight,” Nunes said.
How about Rousey?
Losing her title to Holly Holm last year, Rousey never made it back inside the Octagon. This could affect her performance against Nunes. Rousey’s camp does not want any media interviews not until after her fight next weekend. She keeps herself busy hitting the mitts and all “business” for her comeback fight.
Her strategy opened a 3-1 favorite in the betting lines. Giving fight fans to thinking Rousey will beat Nunes and reclaim her title. Oddsmaker Joey Odessa even stated that Rousey should have gotten a wider advantage in betting line against Nunes. This might have been the reason the UFC hyped Rousey more that Nunes, who is the champion.
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Nunes knows odds does not favor her in fighting Rousey and she loves it. She claims it gives her the motivation to prove herself to deny Rousey and her fans what they want. Nunes wanted this “dream match” and even if sick, she will never let it slow her down in beating Rousey.
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