Two-division UFC champion Nunes predicts that she will finish her opponent in the co-main event of UFC 259, where she will put her featherweight title on the line against Megan Anderson.
The Fight represents Nunes’ ninth consecutive title fight, and the second defense of her featherweight crown, as “The Lioness” looks to continue her reign over the women’s MMA landscape with another dominant performance.
Nunes is a massive -1200 favorite as many expect her to steamroll Anderson as she has done to her past opponents. At featherweight, the Brazilian has been unstoppable with a quick KO over Cris Cyborg and a dominant performance over Felicia Spencer. However, Nunes knows Anderson poses some problems with her size and reach advantage so she can’t overlook her.
“I feel this fight is going to be awesome, it’s going to be a battle. Megan is a pretty tough opponent, I know she will bring it and I’m going to be ready,” Nunes said on UFC embedded. “She’s long, she knows how to use her reach but over here we have a lot of options on who I train with to get ready for her. I know my timing is good, my wrestling is pretty sharp, my ground game is pretty on point, as well as my striking. This fight will be amazing.”
Amanda Nunes expects a finish at UFC 259
"I will finish it."
— UFC (@ufc) March 4, 2021
Although Megan will have a size and reach advantage, for Amanda, she expects to finish the fight early.
“She has the reach advantage, she is tall. I feel like she is very dangerous,” Nunes said at the UFC 259 pre-fight press conference. “I feel like that is a huge part of her gameplan because she is tall and long. That can be a little difficult to figure out. But, in the first exchange if I find my timing, everything, I will finish it.”
If she does finish Anderson in the first exchange it wouldn’t be surprising at all considering all her previous fight outcomes. Nunes certainly does have fight-ending power as evidence by her finishes over Cris Cyborg, Holly Holm, and Ronda Rousey. However, Anderson has never been knocked out before in her career.
The ‘Lioness’ is riding an 11-fight winning streak that dates back nearly six years. She’s been on a tear since the lone loss of her UFC career to Cat Zingano in September 2014. She won the women’s bantamweight title at UFC 200 in July 2016 and has defended it five times.
Megan Anderson, meanwhile, is on a two-fight winning streak and is 3-2 in the UFC. She is the former Invicta FC featherweight champion but if she can beat Nunes, it would be one of the biggest upsets in UFC history. She also enters this fight on the last-fight of her UFC deal so it could be do-or-die for her UFC career.
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