Amanda Lemos returns to the cage at UFC Vegas 64 when she battles Marina Rodriguez in the main event.
Lemos (12-2-1) has won six of her last seven fights and now looks to pick up her biggest win of all against a competitor who many people believe is ready for a title shot.
During an appearance on the Trocação Franca podcast, Lemos expressed her dissatisfaction with Marina Rodriguez recently telling the press that this fight does not make sense. She questions why Rodriguez declined to fight Zhang Weili and believes that fight would have made a lot of sense for her.
“I think it’s a big opportunity for me. If it doesn’t make sense for her, she shouldn’t have taken this fight. She turned down a fight previously [vs. Zhang Weili], a fight that would have been crucial for her to go to the belt, and she turned it down. That’s on her – I have nothing to do with that. People saying [fighting me] doesn’t make sense – nobody forced her to take the fight. I’m a professional, I’m here.” she said.
“If we were in opposite positions [in the ranking] and I felt well enough to fight, I would accept [fighting Rodriguez]. I’m not going to wait years to fight for the belt. The belt is something I want, it’s a goal, but my main goal is to provide to my family. I’m here to fight whoever agrees to fight me. That’s on her and her team, I won’t criticize that because I know about my life and what I go through, but saying it doesn’t make sense is not cool because nobody forced her to take this fight. I didn’t call her out, I was offered this fight.” she said.
Ultimately, Lemos knows she has the style to take out Rodriguez when they meet this Saturday.
“I believe we have everything to enter the octagon Saturday and give fans a great fight. I’m aggressive, she’s aggressive, so I don’t think this fight will [go the distance]. I always go in there to finish the fight whenever I have the opportunity, and so does Marina, so this fight will be fire, a brawl.” she explained.
“I’ve evolved in the grappling area, it’s something I began training a lot. I feel super strong in that area too. If I have to use it, I definitely will, but I believe one of the strategies is not let her enjoy the fight, not let her do her thing. She has a high volume of strikes and we won’t let her do that game.” she continued.
UFC Vegas 64 takes place this Saturday November 5, 2022, from the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States.