UFC’s Pannie Kianzad on why “no one” is deserving of next title shot against Amanda Nunes, believes she’s “a win or two away”

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UFC bantamweight Pannie Kianzad believes “no one” right now is ready for a title shot against double-champion Amanda Nunes.

Pannie Kianzad has won five of her last six fights.

Nunes currently reigns supreme in the WMMA world as the pound-for-pound number-one, holding both the UFC bantamweight and featherweight titles. As of right now, there is no clear challenger for ‘The Lioness’, and Kianzad believes it will remain this way until she rises to the position.

Right now, honestly no one. I believe I’m a win or two away but I don’t think the other names that have been thrown out there are interesting. And half of them haven’t made 136 in a while. I don’t see any clear contenders right now.” Kianzad said during a recent chat with WMMA Rankings.

Ultimately, Kianzad feels as though she will be the one to dethrone Nunes and is willing to take on anyone to prove it.

In my mind I’m the best, I just haven’t had the chance yet to show it, but it will come soon enough.” she said. “I’ll fight anyone, [Miesha] Tate, Yana Kunitskaya, Karol [Rosa], Irene Aldana, Julianna Pena or Amanda Nunes. It doesn’t matter.”

The 30-year-old was set to take on Irene Aldana this past September, however, an injury forced her to withdraw.

Once she returns to the cage, the number-seven-ranked bantamweight contender plans to come back with a vengeance and intends on showing the world why she has what it takes to become champion.

The year started of very good, I was booked to fight [Irene] Aldana in September but got injured. It’s no problem, as soon as I’m back I will finish how I started this year. It will be the same thing, just more calculated and definitely they can expect me starting to finish people again like in the beginning of my career. And yes, expcect more blood.” she explained.

Come this time next year, Kianzad hopes to be “Challenging for and winning the title“.

Kianzad (16-6-0) has been on a tear in recent years, picking up a series of notable victories against the likes of Bethe Correia, Alexis Davis, Sijara Eubanks, and Lina Lansberg. Her sole setback in her last six fights has been a competitive decision defeat to Raquel Pennington.

Fight fans, who do you think should be next for Amanda Nunes? Do you think Pannie Kianzad could be the woman to permanently dethrone her? Let us know your opinions in the comments section below.

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