UFC Women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes is just days away from making her statement inside the Octagon. Nunes vows to crush doubts about her when she defends her title against former champion Ronda Rousey.
In a promotional video courtesy of the UFC, Nunes stated she is ready for Rousey and to defend her title. She added that fighting Rousey is the “best fight” she could ever want for in her MMA career. Nunes is not taking Rousey lightly for she knows the former champ will come back strong.
“This is the best fight for me. She is the best opponent and I got it. And now, I get to prove I am the best,” Nunes said. “Ronda is very strong. I know she can come back strong because if you want it, you train hard for it.”
Nunes explained fighting her head on would be a wrong decision for Rousey as she vows to knock her out. But if Rousey wants the fight to go down the ground, Nunes said she is ready considering her jiu-jitsu background. Nunes stressed she waited for this moment and vows to fight like a “lioness” to defend her title.
“Whatever happens, I know I am going to beat her,” Nunes added. “I will prove to all that I am here to stay.”
Nunes rose from the ranks of women fighters in the MMA having fought in Strikeforce and Invicta FC. She debut in the UFC in Aug. 2013 and from there caught the interest of promoters in the organization. After beating Valentina Shevchenko at UFC 196, Nunes was given the golden opportunity to face Miesha Tate at UFC 200.
It was in that moment wherein Nunes showed her skills stunning Tate with a combination of knees and punches. Seeing an opportunity, Nunes submitted Tate with a rare naked choke in the first round to win the belt.
Nunes fighting a “weird” Rousey
Nunes blasted Rousey for skipping media obligations explaining the media is part of their lives as MMA fighters. UFC president Dana White pointed out that the media turned on Rousey when she lost her title to Holly Holm. Losing her title in Nov. 2015, the media got into Rousey which White said might have added to her depression. But for Nunes, it is a lame excuse to make for a fighter who wants to come back inside the Octagon.
Nunes tells Fox Sports Rousey is being “dramatic” with all things since losing her title adding Rousey’s action as “weird.” She added as a fighter, the media will talk about you from all sides and Rousey need be “ready for it.”
“I don’t think she’s weak in mind. She is prepared for the comeback,” Nunes explained. “I expect the best Ronda but I don’t know what’s wrong with her.”
On Dec. 30 Nunes goes inside the Octagon facing the fight she waited all her life. She knows Rousey will give her all at UFC 207. But Nunes will not give her the slightest advantage as she makes her statement that she is for real.
Will Nunes keep her title? Or will Rousey make good of her own statement of all “business?”
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