Dan Lambert Praises American Top Team Member And Champion Amanda Nunes
Recently, there has been plenty of debate as to who the “GOAT” of MMA is. Conor McGregor brought back talks of the heated topic when he put Anderson Silva as number one on his list. Despite the two going to war against one another, UFC President Dana White has called Jon Jones the “GOAT” of MMA.
There appears to be one fighter looking to cement themselves as the “GOAT”, someone who American Top Team’s Dan Lambert is hoping doesn’t go unnoticed. He talked to MMA Fighting about UFC Bantamweight and Featherweight Champion Amanda Nunes. He believes regardless of gender, she has proven she belongs in the conversation.
“If it’s a conversation on the female GOAT, I don’t think there’s another name you can throw into the mix and have an argument over,” Lambert stated. “Pound-for-pound GOAT is what I think she’s working her way into the mix on. Male, female, weight division, anything. I think her name should be in that mix right now.
“If you look at the run she’s been on, the champions she’s beaten, the ex-champions she’s beaten. The manner in which she’s beaten them and made it look so effortless, two divisions, I think her name should be in that hat with the other all-time greats, Jon Jones, D.C. (Daniel Cormier), GSP (Georges St-Pierre). I think her name is right there in that mix, male or female.”
Nunes (19-4) is set to defend her UFC Featherweight Title at UFC 250 (June 6) against Felicia Spencer. By doing so, she would be the first fighter in UFC history to defend two belts while still holding onto them. She has proven herself to be an unstoppable monster while with the UFC.
After a stint in Invicta, Nunes made her UFC debut in 2013. After a loss to Cat Zingano in 2014, Nunes has not lost her last ten bouts. During this time she submitted Miesha Tate to win the UFC Bantamweight Title, which was going through a “hot potato” situation. She decimated Ronda Rousey in a return that may have been too early. Over her next few fights, she defended the UFC Bantamweight Title four times, doing so in spectacular fashion against the likes of Raquel Pennington and Holly Holm. Her last bout at bantamweight was a unanimous decision win over Germaine de Randamie at UFC 245 in December.
At featherweight, Nunes took out Cris Cyborg in one round to win the title. With the names she has beaten, Lambert believes nobody in the women’s division is in Nunes’ league.
“Just strictly females, it’s obviously not as big a pool of names. It hasn’t been around as long but I don’t think there’s anybody on the female side that can throw their name in that ring versus her,” Lambert went on to say.
“If you just want to look at how good a fighter Holly Holm versus [Valentina] Shevchenko versus [Cris] Cyborg, versus Ronda [Rousey], versus Miesha [Tate], yeah I think Shevchenko is a better fighter than all of them. Two wins over Valentina Shevchenko speaks absolute volumes.”
Nunes trains at ATT with fiance Nina Ansaroff. The duo work and Lambert to ensure victory. Lambert is looking to raise the arms of Nunes one more time in Las Vegas, Nevada this weekend.