September 23, 2020

The Rise of the Lioness

At UFC 245, the final pay-per-view of 2019, pound-for-pound great Amanda “The Lioness” Nunes will look to defend the bantamweight championship versus Muay Thai specialist Germaine de Randamie.

At UFC Fight Night 31 in November 2013, a rising contender in Amanda Nunes defeated a skilled striker in Germaine de Randamie via first-round TKO on the preliminary card.

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On Saturday, six years after their first meeting, the two top bantamweights in the world, both now more experienced and developed mixed martial artists, will collide again with much higher stakes on the biggest card of the year.

After losing to Cat Zingano in 2014, the 31-year-old Nunes put together a 9-fight win streak that has cemented her status as one of the greatest of all time.

After the Zingano fight at UFC 178, Nunes would go on to record first-round finishes of Shayna Baszler and former title challenger Sara McMann. She then met Valentina Shevchenko in a number one contender’s fight at UFC 196 where she handed the current flyweight champion her first UFC loss.

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At the landmark UFC 200 event, Nunes would challenge Miesha Tate for the bantamweight championship. At 3:16 of the first round, Nunes submitted Tate to become the division’s fourth champion.

Not only would Nunes defend the bantamweight belt four times after winning it, with 135-pound victories over Ronda Rousey, Valentina Shevchenko, Raquel Pennington, and Holly Holm, but she would go on to challenge Cris Cyborg for the featherweight championship.

In 51 seconds at UFC 232, Nunes made history by defeating Cyborg via KO to become the first-ever two-division women’s champion.

Nunes is truly someone who has learned from her losses. Her knockout power coupled with her BJJ black belt and quality training at American Top Team makes the Brazilian one of the sports most well-rounded athletes.

GDR should not be taken lightly here as she is a very live dog– her Muay Thai kikcboxing pedigree is second to none.

Amanda Nunes is a big -280 favorite over Germaine de Randamie. The only woman in the UFC’s top-five pound-for-pound rankings, Nunes has won nine straight in dominant fashion and already stopped de Randamie in the first round back in 2013.

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Though she’s on a five-fight winning streak of her own, de Randamie is still a +230 underdog at the moment. Those odds may shorten closer to the night of the fight, so you may want to see what US betting site options are available now before they get closer, but it all depends on whether or not there’s a belief that The Iron Lady can keep this fight on the feet, something the former kickboxer wasn’t able to do six years ago.

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2 thoughts on “The Rise of the Lioness

  1. hmm…amanda is on such a role, never gets injured, no damage in fights, and fully knows her own style. Also her arms are like missiles – long range and explosive, that is a freaky genetic factor which she knows fully well how to use, after years of being an average fighter. Yes. that is the appeal to me of Nunes – she was once a nobody, losing to sarah d’lelio of all people, and Alexis davis also, Germaine has not improved the same way amanda has, her mental game isn’t as strong.

    1. Sarah D’alelio used to be really good, but the game evolved more than she did since that point. Also, for political reasons, she doesn’t get as many opportunities as many others do.

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