Amanda Nunes expected a completely different Holly Holm than what she saw across from her at UFC 239.
The bantamweight champion, defending for the first time since her win over Cris Cyborg at UFC 232, did not expect Holm to come out as aggressively as she did.
“She showed up differently tonight,” Nunes said during the post-fight press conference. “I thought Holly was going to move a lot, I thought she was going to in and out, run a little bit, try to clinch me, but she stayed still there. I have to do something else, I have to do Plan B because my first one was chase her and she kind of showed up different and it was better for me how she showed up tonight.”
Seeing Holm being more protective of her torso, Nunes utilized a combination she and fiance Nina Ansaroff had been practicing prior to fight night.
“This weekend I was in the hotel room, me and Nina (Ansaroff) started practicing hook, straight, and finish with the [head] kick. Because I knew she was going to run that way,” Nunes said. “Every time before I sleep we always do it over and over until like, ‘I might catch her with this one. I’m gonna do this.’
“I have the best coaches in the world and we do this over and over, it was something that I have the whole time that I haven’t had the chance to show yet, but tonight was a good night to show, I’m very happy about that.”
As featherweight and bantamweight champion, Nunes has her eyes open for potential challengers coming from the winner of this weekend’s Germaine de Randamie and Aspen Ladd fight at bantamweight, and Cris Cyborg’s return to the Octagon against Felicia Spencer at UFC 240 on July 27th.
“I don’t think it was easy. I think I had very good timing,” Nunes said regarding her win over Holm.
“I got the right moment. I didn’t even think Holly expected that. We all know Holly is a pretty tough opponent, but tonight was my night.”
Transcription: MMA Fighting