The Only Two Women To KO Ronda Fight At UFC 239
For Amanda Nunes, UFC 239 is not the next step to fighting Cris Cyborg, or going for a third division world title, but a chance to defeat Holly Holm.
“I won the belt and I have to continue defending my title and continue to make history,” Nunes told Brazilian reporters on Tuesday. “This is a great fight and I’ll continue on this path.”
“I’m prepared to go five rounds,” Nunes said of her co-main event.
“We can’t get in the cage thinking that we’ll win quickly, that we’ll get the knockout. I’m ready for five rounds. I can win this fight in a decision. On the feet and on the ground, I’m ready. Of course that I’ll try to knock her out, but I’m not attached to this idea. We have five rounds. The opportunities will definitely come throughout the fight and I’ll be ready to capitalize on that.”
“Holly has fought the best of the division,” Nunes said of Holm, who has not been seen inside the Octagon since June 2018 and lost two of her last four fights. “Coming off losses or not, she has headlined several shows, fought Cris and put on a really tough fight, beat Ronda. She wasn’t on a good streak, but if you look at the division when this fight was done, there was no one else to fight. There’s a history with Holly, she was a boxing champion, a former champion in the UFC, so if you think about it it’s a good choice to defend my belt.
“We both are the only women that beat Ronda Rousey. There’s a history involved. Holly and I always were the underdog in our fights, so there’s a history. I think it’s a fight that makes sense and it’s going down Saturday and it will be a great show for everybody. Right after that we’ll have a new contender and the story will continue.”
Report: MMA Fighting