As Amanda Nunes gears up for her first-ever title defense at this weekend’s (Fri., Dec. 30, 2016) UFC 207 pay-per-view (PPV) event in Las Vegas, Nevada, she’s not lost on the fact that facing Ronda Rousey will be far from an easy task.
That’s because “Rowdy” — a former Olympic bronze medal winner in Judo — ruled the women’s 135-pound division with an iron fist, decimating her opponents rather quickly thanks to her world-class submission skills and ever-evolving striking game.
After coughing up her title to Holly Holm at UFC 193 (see it), Ronda went on an extended hiatus, leaving the mixed martial arts (MMA) spotlight, paving the way for the title to change hands twice. After announcing her return to the Octagon, Ronda also revealed that her time in the fight game will soon be coming to an end.
If Amanda has any say in it, she will expedite that process come fight night.
“I don’t fear Ronda’s ground game, Ronda’s judo, nor her striking. I will be ready in all areas,” Nunes recently told Guilherme Cruz of MMA Fighting. “Whatever happens in the fight, I will have an answer for it. That’s what gives me the advantage in this fight And yes, I believe I will (retire Ronda Rousey).”
Still, Nunes doesn’t believe Ronda will come in unprepared. In fact, a focused Ronda shut out most of the media in order to concentrate on her comeback and her quest to regain her title.
That said, a loss to Nunes may in fact force the ex-champion into a permanent leave from the MMA scene to focus on other endeavors. Meanwhile, a win for Amanda will fulfill another longtime goal of defeating perhaps the greatest female MMA fighter to ever compete in the sport.
To read the entire article “Amanda Nunes: Roar of the Lioness,” which details the champion’s upbringing, relationship with fellow UFC fighter Nina Ansaroff, and her rise to the top of the fight game, click here.
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