Amanda Nunes wants to show why she’s the greatest
Amanda Nunes racked up wins in seven undefeated years in the UFC and established herself as the greatest fighter in MMA historical past.
A champion in two totally different classes in Ultimate, Leoa misplaced the bantamweight title (up to 61.2 kg) final December after an sudden defeat. In the seven months since then, she has reinvented herself, switched gyms and ready for her rematch with Julianna Peña, this Saturday (30), beginning at 23:00 (GMT), at UFC 277.
More than regaining the belt and changing into a two-division champion once more – he nonetheless holds the featherweight belt (up to 65.8 kilos) – the 34-year-old Brazilian wants to show why he’s thought of the greatest of all time. After shedding the American in 2021, he was requested if he nonetheless had the “breath” to compete at a excessive stage, together with Dana White, and he didn’t rule out hanging up his gloves.
The defeat, nevertheless, gave extra power and motive to stay energetic in the largest MMA occasion in the world, as the fighter himself mentioned. The “Leo” left behind an awesome legacy and agreed to share her routine as a mom with a busy coaching schedule.
“Come right here [após a derrota] I actually did not need to. Of course I believed, ‘you understand what, oh, cease with the belt, I’ve actually finished all the things I wished to in my profession.’ But the manner I misplaced it, I can not, no, I’d spend my entire life eager about it, it will be one thing that may all the time be there in my unconscious, I would not be okay. It actually made me stronger to come house, hit the gymnasium and prepare onerous to get again and get that belt again,” mentioned Amanda Nunes.
Owning a document of 21 wins and 5 losses, the Brazilian fighter modified some habits after the defeat. He left the American Top Team academy and created his personal workforce with the thought of having a workforce that works completely round him.
The victory over his newest tormentor now means extra than simply proof that the reformulation labored. He wants to show that he has the power and motivation to keep at the high, although he has already secured, and simply, a spot amongst the UFC’s greatest.
For the battle, the Brazilian guarantees to be at 100% bodily. He is aware of that Julianna Peña is experiencing one other second after taking the belt, however he wants to make the most of his opponent’s confidence to win once more.
“I believe the problem is that he is assured as hell. And that is what makes me harmful, is the confidence of my opponent. When he will get himself moist lots, that is the place I can discover gaps to kick out, submit, develop in the battle. He actually comes with loads of fuel, he is a troublesome athlete, and my belt He has. He beat me, that is indeniable. But he is aware of I actually wasn’t 100% in that battle, he is aware of I wasn’t. I did not put together effectively, you understand I’ve had accidents. He is aware of I’d be straightforward prey and that is when it occurred,” Amanda Nunes mentioned.
UFC 277 might be broadcast completely by ‘Canal Combate’. The occasion might be broadcast from 19:00 (Brazilian time) with preliminary card fights; the predominant card, with the duel between Amanda Nunes and Julianna Peña to finish the night time, will begin at 11:00 p.m.
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CARD THE MAIN
Bantamweight: Julianna Pena vs. Amanda Nunes
Flyweight: Brandon Moreno vs. Kai Kara-France
Heavyweight: Derrick Lewis vs. Sergei Pavlovich
Flyweight: Alexandre Pantoja vs. Alex Perez
Lightweight: Magomed Ankalaev vs. Anthony Smith
Welterweight: Alex Morono vs. Matt Semelsberger
Lightweight: Drew Dober vs. Rafael Alves
Heavyweight: Don’Tale Mayes vs. Hamdy Abdelwahab
Lightweight: Drakkar Klose vs Rafa Garcia
Welterweight: Michael Morales vs. Adam Fugitt
Bantamweight: Joselyne Edwards vs. Ji Yeon Kim
Lightweight: Nicolae Negumereanu vs Ihor Potieria
Welterweight: Orion Cosce vs. Mike Mathetha