UFC bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes is very confident heading into her fight against returning Ronda Rousey. The 28-year-old believes after Friday’s UFC 207 event, retirement would be the right decision for Rousey. She says Rousey doesn’t need anything else from MMA, as she won’t be getting the belt back.
She fully expects Rousey will indeed be mentally and physically at her best for the fight.
“She knows she has to be ready. She is a smart girl, she knows this is a great fight because the fans want to see her back. I think she’s ready [but] I can’t say much about that,” the Brazilian told FoxNews.com.
She said she understands the hype behind Rousey’s return but isn’t fazed by all the attention given to the challenger.
“They (UFC) give her more hype but I am OK with it, the belt is in my house and I am the champion. It’s what matters to me: to be the champion.”
“If she retires, I think she’ll do the right thing,” Nunes told FoxNews.com. “She has everything she wants already. She has the money and she’s doing movies. I don’t think she needs anything else because she won’t have this belt anymore.”
Nunes (13-4) earned the title in July after defeating Miesha Tate at UFC 200 in Las Vegas.
Rousey (12-1) was the first woman to headline a UFC pay-per-vie
w alongside Liz Carmouche back in 2013. Since then she has taken on Hollywood appearing in such films as “Furious 7,” which is part of the “Fast and the Furious” franchise, “The Expendables 3” and other films. Her own movie “Ronda Rousey: Through My Father’s Eyes” hits theatres Spring 2017. She has hinted her fight Friday could be one of her last ones.
Amanda Nunes will defend her UFC bantamweight championship for the first time this Friday at UFC 207 from the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada. The event will air live on PPV.