Holm Wants Nunes At 135 Pounds
Even though she’s the first ever woman to be a “Champ-Champ,” Amanda Nunes is not interested in defending her featherweight championship.
So much so, Nunes continues to look at chasing history and drop down to 125 pounds and face Valentina Shevchenko for the UFC flyweight title.
One person looking to battle Nunes is Holly Holm, who returns to the Octagon at UFC 235 in a bantamweight showdown with undefeated Aspen Ladd.
“I think that bantamweight is probably where we would fight, I think that would be the case,” Holm recently told MMA Fighting. “Who knows really how the future goes, but I definitely think that bantamweight is what we would fight at. I’ve been wanting to go to bantamweight for a while, but that doesn’t mean that I’m so focused on it that I’m not open to other opportunities at ‘45. I’m just taking each fight as it comes. Aspen Ladd is at 135, so that’s where I’m going.”
“It just shows how styles make a difference,” Holm said of Nunes first round drubbing of former champion Cris Cyborg at UFC 232 in December. “So Amanda can’t look at a fight with Cyborg and say, ‘Well, I beat Cyborg, and Cyborg beat Holly, so I can beat Holly.’ It’s just styles make a difference. You look at the fight with Shevchenko and Nunes. It was more of a battle, more of a death match, more of a game like that. And Nunes had a hard time with Shevchenko, who is now a 125-pound champ, but she was able to knock out a 145-pound champ. You look at there’s a 20-pound difference in between that and when they fought at 135 it was just a whole other game.
“And a fight with Amanda and I would never be how it went with her and Shevchenko, it’s not going to be how it was with her and Cyborg. Every fight makes a difference because styles make a difference, but with that being said, you can always look at fights and everybody has tendencies and habits and things like that. But that just brings me back to one of my main points that anything can happen in there. There’s no promise of any victory. You have to get in there and work hard and anything can happen.”
Quotes Via: MMA Fighting