Amanda Nunes isn’t prepared to say goodbye to her champ-champ position any time soon.
The UFC queen, who prepares to set her 135-pound belt on the line from Julianna Pena on Aug. 7 immediately after effectively defending the 145-pound throne towards Megan Anderson in March, stated the business does not sound that intrigued in retaining the featherweight course close to.
“Dana [White] needs to finish this division, but I instructed him that, as lengthy as I’m champion, I want it open,” Nunes informed Combate lately. “I think the problem with the featherweight [division] is talent. I imagine it’s difficult to uncover talented ladies in this division. I could be improper, but we’re observing that the ladies that fought Cris [Cyborg] essential a minimal bit additional. Not that they are bad athletes, but they wanted some get the job done.”
Nunes suggests “it’s difficult to find” featherweights to develop a division in the UFC. The organization doesn’t have 50 percent-dozen female 145-pounders on its roster at present, and “The Lioness” feels Megan Anderson could be a person of the only all-natural featherweights. Nunes fought a few occasions at featherweight in the UFC, defeating Cyborg, Anderson and Felicia Spencer.
“She’s substantial,” Nunes said of 6-foot contender Anderson. “We glance at her and she seems to be like a giraffe [laughs]. But are lionesses worried of giraffes? They go ideal for the neck.”
Even though Nunes is crucial of the lack of talent in the division and defends it stays close to so she can hold various belts “forever,” the Brazilian fighter doesn’t intellect looking at the UFC browsing all-around for contenders as an alternative of creating an true pounds class.
“I’ll wait, I’m positive they will locate a person,” she explained. “They did that with Cris, brought in women from God appreciates exactly where to fight her. And even bantamweights will want to transfer up in bodyweight so they get extra comfortable. It’s superior that way for me. Possessing an precise division or not, it does not matter to me.”
Nunes is slated to protect the bantamweight gold reverse Pena at UFC 265 after revealing she has turned down a The Ultimate Fighter coaching gig opposite Pena so she would not stay absent from her new child Reagan at the minute.
“[Pena] is reckless,” Nunes claimed of her upcoming challenger. “She requires you down but receives lost there. She does not have a restricted jiu-jitsu, and that is when I program on finishing the struggle. She will come forward, stress me and hope for the finest, and that is when I’ll use my angles, my kicks, my front kicks, my calf kicks, my knees, my elbows… Every little thing will be on point to use when she goes insane.”