Reigning UFC women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes is still fresh off of her devastating first round stoppage over Miesha Tate last July, but it appears as if she’s looking to get back into the Octagon sometime soon to defend her title.
Nunes has multiple options regarding potential opponents including No. 3-ranked Valentina Shevchenko and No. 5-ranked Julianna Pena. Recently speaking on the matter, however, Nunes made it very clear who she’d like to fight next:
“I don’t know anything yet, I’m waiting for the call. It’s highly likely (a bout with Ronda Rousey), right?” Nunes told Combate. “Those girls are crazy. Juliana Pena says I’m running from her, Valentina Shevchenko also said I’m running from her, and now she’s saying Juliana Pena is running from her, too. I don’t like to play games.
“If they ask me who I want to fight, I’m going to say I want to fight Ronda. I’m not running from anyone, I’m the champion and I can choose who I’m going to fight. I will choose what’s best for me and Ronda would be ‘the’ main fight, that’s why it has to be against her, it has to be with Ronda.”
Rousey has been out of action since being brutally knocked out by Holly Holm last November, but it has been rumored that she could potentially return at December’s UFC 207 from Las Vegas. Nunes also said that she could be competing next on that card, and if it happens to be against the “Rowdy” one, the Brazilian champion would be quite confident:
“I train at American Top Team today, the biggest MMA gym in the world, and it will be complicated to take this belt away from me,” Nunes said. “Ronda knows what’s like to have this belt, she knows the power this belt has. I think that’s why she’s taking so long to sign this contract.”
Who would you expect to come out victorious if these two ladies were to meet in the coming months?