Amanda Nunes has revealed that her entire career thus far has been spent training for a showdown with Ronda Rousey despite having a 6-1 record in Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) since her arrival in 2013.
The Brazilian fighter finally got her dream match after she defeated Miesha Tate for the bantamweight title earlier this year, which she will now defend against the American at UFC 207 on 30 December in Las Vegas. It will be Rousey's first appearance in the Octagon since she took time off following her knockout loss to Holly Holm where she surrendered the bantamweight title, which she had held since 2012 making her the longest reigning champion in UFC history.
Nunes is confident of winning the bout in December against Rousey, who she came face-to-face with ahead of Conor McGregor's fight with Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205, after admitting that she and her team know Rousey's tactics. She also admitted to studying Rousey's strengths and weaknesses on a daily basis in preparation for the biggest fight of her career in the competition.
"I didn't really think anything. I wanted to see her face when it gets real. And that was the moment, it was a big moment for me. I am very confident and I know I am going to take this fight. And that moment was amazing. I don't know how to explain it. Ever since I got into the UFC, I always thought about that fight. Even if I have another opponent, after I finished that fight, I trained for Ronda Rousey," Nunes said, as quoted on mmamania.com
"At the time she was the champion; now I'm the champion and she's the challenger. How crazy is this? Ronda is really tough. But I know if I put my game, I will take this fight. We know everything Ronda brings. I know everything. I have a breakdown of Rousey I watch every day. I know everything she does good and bad. I will take this fight," the Brazilian fighter added.