Amanda Nunez, the current women’s bantamweight champion is ready to take on the UFC sensation and former champ Ronda Rousey on Friday Dec 30th at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas.
Nunez-Rousey has the potential to be one of the greatest fights of the year not only because of their contrasting styles but also due to the fact ‘Rowdy’ is returning to the ring after a gap for one year.
As the fight nears, the defending champion is in the limelight like never before, as she is up against a fighter that made women’s UFC where it stands today.
Although this is not going to be an easy fight for her as everyone is routing for Ronda Rousey to rise again in the Octagon. Rousey is the UFC sweetheart, she is the reason why people started watching women’s mixed martial arts competitions. If Nunez manages to defeat Rousey, it will bring a significant change in women’s division.
It still remains to be seen whether Nunez will be able to handle the pressure of facing Rowdy and 19,000 capacity crowd. Even Dana White, who is a big supporter of Rousey, believes if Nunez is able to defend her title, then she can overtake Rowdy’s no.1 spot in the UFC.
White said: “You know how Amanda Nunes becomes a star? Go out and beat Ronda Rousey and I guarantee you that then she’ll be a bigger star than anyone ever thought.”
The Brazilian is extremely confident before the fight and believes this fight is coming at the perfect moment in her career. A win will rise her stakes to the new levels and she knows it.
Nunez said: “People know Ronda, people love Ronda, they want to talk about Ronda, If people know Ronda is going to fight, they’re going to watch. So that’s good for me, you know? Sell more pay-per-views.”
Nunez is not someone who has never tasted a defeat in her career, in fact she has been defeated three times in the UFC already and she knows how bad it feels to be on the losing side, however she has come back strongly to claim her championship belt.
Nunez said: “I cried a lot after that fight, I’m not going to lie: I thought I was going to retire. I did so much to get into the top five three different times [in UFC, Strikeforce and Invicta], and that one was the third time. I got so close to fighting for the belt and then a loss. It makes you question if you’re ever going to get there. I got emotional, I’ll admit it.”
On Friday night, she will be hoping to stop Ronda from making such a comeback, as chances like that don’t come very often and she’ll do everything to grab it with both hands.