UFC president Dana White feels that Amanda Nunes, the former double champ who still holds the Women’s Featherweight title, doesn’t possess the same level of hunger and savagery she used to have anymore.
Amanda Nunes, who held both the Women’s Bantamweight as well as the Women’s Featherweight titles simultaneously and remained undefeated for almost six years, lost the Bantamweight belt against Julianna Pena at UFC 269 last December.
Now Julianna’s at a place where she beat Nunes: Dana White
While addressing the UFC’s pay controversy during an interview with ESPN, Dana White pointed out the success and “rich” financial status of Nunes, as well as her getting into family life, which the UFC prez points out as why she has lost her hunger for the world title and something which Pena is just getting started with.
“The question is, for Amanda – and this is what happens to all fighters – you know the big narrative we don’t pay anybody? Amanda’s rich. Amanda is a multi-millionaire who is now at a completely different financial status. She has a baby now. Her life – she is not that hungry savage she was when she started to take this run at becoming a world champion. A lot of that factors in,” said White.
“And now Julianna’s at a place where she beat her, Julianna’s starting to see a lot of the things that come along with being the world champion now – financially, popularity as you get out in the world,” the prez went on, “That belt is the key that opens a lot of doors. So I’m sure she wants to get to that Amanda Nunes level, financially and everything else. All that stuff factors into the fight, and those are all questions I can’t answer.”
“I haven’t seen it, but I do know she (Nunes) does not like Julianna. She thinks Julianna has a big mouth and all that other stuff. For her, that would have to be her motivation is to beat Julianna because she doesn’t like her – because for all the other reasons, Amanda doesn’t need to win the fight,” added White. [H/T MMA Junkie]
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