Two Division Champion Amanda Nunes Says She’s ‘Going To Keep On Making History’
Amanda Nunes is the first and only female two-division champion who’s slated to defend her Bantamweight title against former champ Holly Holm this Saturday, July 6 from inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada and ‘Lioness’ is not in the mood to add a lose anytime soon on her resume.
Nunes is currently riding on an eight-fight winning streak. Last year she successfully defended her 135-pound title for the third time after brutally obliterates Raquel Pennington in the fifth round before knocking out then-featherweight champion Cris Cyborg at UFC 232.
Nunes plans on to keep defending her 145-pound title and continue to making history. ‘Lioness’ said she’s learned a lot throughout her MMA career that how to remain calm under pressure that led her to where she’s now. (h/t Combate)
“I’m going to be honest with you, I am the best MMA fighter of all time in general (male or female),” Nunes said. “I’m going to keep on defending the featherweight title. I’m going to keep on making history. All the things I went through, my losses, those really helped me. I’ve been through moments where I thought ‘I’m going to step in there and I’m going to crush her, you have no idea.’ Not today. I respect my opponents, I learned that from life. I used to think I would step in there, throw one punch and the other girl would go down and not get up again. Everytime I thought that, I lost. Fighting taught me, I learned from life. It’s a school, I’m still learning.”
Beside dubbing herself the best MMA fighter of all time, Nunes has been very grateful for everything she has achieved inside the Octagon. ‘Lioness’ says she is always keeping her past in mind how she reached to the top and became a champion for the first time.
“It’s very gratifying (to be the best MMA fighter of all time),” Nunes said. “It makes me very happy. I stop, think and remember my journey, it makes you emotional, really, because I believed in myself. Even when life was sh-tty, when I lost, I was supposed to be the next one to fight Ronda [Rousey], then I lost to Cat [Zingano]. The fight slipped through my fingers. I was going to be next. I went back home in a panic, for sure. Nobody loses and laughs about it.
“After many talks with Nina [Ansaroff], my coaches, some changes, I started to look for answers to my questions. When I look at all that, everything I sought after that fight and all the changes I made. Man, it was so crazy. I did research, I looked for psychologists, too, I did many blood tests, I switched teams. I wanted to be a new athlete, erase everything that happened in my life and start from scratch. It was surreal. Everything put me on my path, doors began to open. When me and Nina talk about it, it’s inexplicable. To be on the inside and see how people look at you, it’s a crazy rollercoaster. It was crazy to live through all of that. To erase everything and from there on out never stop again. To become the best of all time. Crazy stuff.”
Nunes will put her title on the line against Holm in the co-main event of UFC 239. Early predictions who’ll emerge victoriously?
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