Amanda Nunes has been steamrolling her way through her opponents in the UFC. She was already the first female fighter in the UFC to hold two belts simultaneously. She has now successfully defended both of them as well.
The first time that a fighter in the UFC held two belts at once, he switched sports and went on to fight on of the biggest boxers of our generation. However, that idea doesn’t seem impressing to Nunes.
While she worked her way to win a unanimous decision against multiple-time kickboxing world champion Germaine de Randamie at UFC 245, another combat sports star was making her appearance backstage at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. It was the reigning middleweight boxing champion Claressa Shields.
The two time Olympic medalist, Shields, spoke to the media on Saturday and revealed that she had a meeting with Dana White to discuss the possibility of setting up a fight with Nunes. When the latter got to know about the crossover that was awaiting her, she warned Claressa about what awaits her on her side of the table.
“She saw tonight,” Nunes said. “I don’t think she’s going to want anything to do with this.”
“If she wants to see me, come to my world. I’m gonna be here,” Nunes continued. “I’m an MMA fighter. She wants to see me, I’m gonna wrestle the s*it out of you and finish you with a jiu-jitsu submission. I want to see how she’s gonna feel.”
Nunes was further fed with the detailed setting that the ace boxer had in her mind. The idea would be for Nunes to meet Shields in a boxing match first and then the two would compete in an MMA bout. The thought drew even more hostile reactions from the double champ.
Amanda Nunes wasn't messing around tonight when asked about Claressa Shields: "If she wants to see me, come to my world. I'm going to be here. I'm an MMA fighter. She wants to see me? I'm going to wrestle the shit out of you. And finish you." #UFC245
— Shaheen Al-Shatti (@shaunalshatti) December 15, 2019
“I’m an MMA fighter, why she want to take me from my sport?” Nunes asked. “If she wants to fight me, come to my world. It doesn’t make any sense. I respect her as a boxer, but I’m an MMA fighter. I don’t like to fight [in boxing]. I like MMA.
“I like what I did today. If she can handle that for five rounds, come see me.”
Claressa had also stated that she needed six months to prepare for their MMA bout, if it takes place. Amanda alluded to the example of the fighter she had just defeated, Germaine de Randamie.
“Six months to learn how to defend a takedown? Germaine, six years, she didn’t even learn how to defend a takedown,” Nunes added. “You guys saw tonight. Don’t even listen to this girl, guys.”