Germaine de Randamie competes in one of the biggest fights of her career this Saturday when she challenges the pound-for-pound best female fighter in the world, Amanda Nunes, for the UFC bantamweight title.
De Randamie (9-3-0) will be taking on Nunes for a second time, after initially losing to her by way of a first-round ground-and-pound TKO back in 2013. The 35-year-old say she is a very different fighter from the encounter.
“First of all, six years is a very, very long time,” de Randamie said during the UFC 245 Athlete Panel Q&A on Wednesday. “I’ve said it before in interviews, I’m very thankful for Amanda. She gave me the best lesson ever.
“She made me wake up. I can say I’m a mixed martial artist now, not just a kickboxer. The difference will be I’m a mixed martial artist and not a kickboxer.”
Also known as ‘The Iron Lady’, De Randamie is a highly accomplished striker who was undefeated in sanctioned kickboxing competition before making the move to MMA, picking up a highly impressive record of 46-0. She believes, just like the first fight, Nunes will want not want to compete on the feet.
“I think the most thing I learned about it and the thing that will happen Saturday is she’s not going to stand with me,” de Randamie predicted. “She’s going to shoot on me.”
UFC 245 takes place this Saturday December 14, 2019, from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. The main card featuring Nunes vs. De Randamie will be aired live on pay-per-view from 10pm EST.