The undisputed “Baddest Woman on the Planet,” Amanda Nunes recently said that she doesn’t underestimate her opponent, Australian challenger Megan Anderson at UFC 259.
Two division UFC champion Amanda Nunes will defend her featherweight title opposite top contender Megan Anderson at the upcoming UFC 259 event on Sat., March 6, 2021. Anderson (11-4 MMA, 3-2 UFC) was set to take on Nunes (20-4 MMA, 13-1 UFC), who’s also bantamweight champion, for the 145-pound title on Dec. 12 at UFC 256, but the fight fell off after Nunes withdrew in early November because of injury.
For the UFC it’s a hard job to find challengers for Amanda Nunes as she has run through almost all the big names in the company. It’s, even more, harder in the women’s featherweight division as there are no ranked fighters in that weight class.
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.”
Megan Anderson will have a three-inch reach advantage and a four-inch height advantage. She also has KO power as evidence by her last fight. However, against Felicia Spencer, the Aussie was taken down quickly and submitted, which is a path to victory many believe Nunes will have on Saturday night.
Nunes fought just once in 2020, successfully retaining the belt she defends this weekend with a five-round defeat of Felicia Spencer in June. “The Lioness” has won 11-consecutive fights dating back to the start of her 2015 campaign and is a perfect 7-0 in championship bouts across two divisions.
Anderson was always known as the next title contender after climbing to the top of the featherweight division under the Invicta FC banner. While there have been a couple of stumbles along the way, the Aussie powerhouse, has finished each of her last two fights in the first round to finally secure this championship opportunity.
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