Published: Sat, December 14, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Amanda Nunes Warns Claressa Shields, Fighting Me Would Be Grave Mistake

Amanda Nunes Warns Claressa Shields, Fighting Me Would Be Grave Mistake

She's doubtless improved on the ground as well, but whereas she may have improved in wrestling sufficiently to make it hard for Nunes to take her down again, I'm willing to bet that things still won't go well for her if she manages to allow the Brazilian to get on top.

Nunes, coming off the back of nine consecutive victories against the likes of Ronda Rousey, Cris Cyborg and Holly Holm, will be looking to cement her fifth defence of the Bantamweight championship.

Nunes said in November she initially wanted the de Randamie fight to take place at featherweight, but the challenger wanted it at bantamweight and ultimately got her way.

But in this particular case, calling Nunes the greatest female fighter to ever step in the octagon isn't an exaggeration.

A battle on the feet promises to bring fireworks in Vegas as the two are powerful athletes with plenty of skills and power between them. I'll fight her for $10,000. Nunes crushed Rousey in 2016, battering the former icon in a 48-second mauling, having been infuriated by the way her rival had been given far more pre-fight attention despite her own status as champion.

That means that in less than three years, Nunes has finished every single other woman to hold the UFC's bantamweight belt - and none of them made it out of the first round. "I'm just Germaine no matter what".

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Anything can happen in the UFC, its capacity for the unexpected being what makes it so compelling to so many. I think what I'm going to wait for is she's going to make a mistake. She's even taken out the women's flyweight champion, Valentina Shevchenko, twice. I can say I'm a mixed martial artist now. De Randamie is a much improved defensive wrestler since then, as she displayed in nimbly and consistently defending Holly Holm's good takedown attempts in 2017.

It was featured in the very 1st fight night in January. I did everything I could in this camp and I'll leave it all in the cage on Saturday, so why not enjoy it?

As Amanda Nunes took a seat in the corner of a hotel ballroom, she smiled as she looked at her UFC women's bantamweight and featherweight championship belts resting on a table. Me, my coaches, my wife, we all had the same dream to be here today. "I don't want to waste time on negative energy because I'm a positive person".

"I left that all behind", she said. But Nunes is deep into a streak of domination now, one long enough for White to bestow greatness upon her - and to make more triumphs feel inevitable. Staying close to the champion gives "The Lioness" a chance to counter and do damage so de Randamie would be best served trying to drag the fight into deep water. The best-ever favourite, Brock is already a mythical identify within the MMA circuits. he's the primary celebrity to win two belts directly. That's why I want to fight Amanda.

Irene Aldana, UFC bantamweight: I think Nunes gets it done. Welterweight champion Kamaru Usman faces challenger Colby Covington in the main event grudge match. The fight will also be rerun soon after the completion as well as the full main and preliminary cards at a later time.

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