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Trainer: Amanda Nunes' striking is 'light years' ahead of Ronda Rousey's, can beat 'Rowdy' now

Joshua Lindsey-USA TODAY Sports

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women's bantamweight champion,Ronda Rousey, has proven she can outstrike the best of them, but she has yet to face someone with the stand up skills that Amanda Nunes possesses.

That's according to one of Amanda's trainers, Mike Brown, who said her student's striking is "light years" ahead of "Rowdy's."

Check out the comments he made on "The MMA Hour" (via MMA Fighting):

"In my opinion, I think she is. I think her stand-up is light years ahead of Ronda's. But obviously Ronda is super talented. The best. [Amanda] would have to use good footwork and score and move and try to stay off the ground, because Ronda is a phenom on the ground. But I don't think Ronda's stand-up is at Amanda's level."

Amanda's striking was on point in her previous bout, making quick work of former title challenger, Sara McMann, last week at UFC Fight Night 73 by submitting her in the very first round (video). It was a finishing move that was set up nicely by vicious punches that dropped the former Olympian.

After the fight, Nunes proclaimed her desire to fight for the title, and said if she doesn't get it next, then she'll gladly take on anyone who will get her closer. As for Brown, a former champion himself, he believes his Brazilian pupil is more than ready to defeat "Rowdy" now.

"She's only been with us for the last couple fights, but I'll say, 100-percent, this is the first girl I've ever seen in the gym where I looked and I was like, whoa. I've seen her literally stop guys in the gym. Like, beating dudes up, making guys quit in the stand-up. And she, from an early age, has a grappling background. But I've seen her, like, make dudes quit (while) kickboxing in the gym. It's impressive. ... Professional fighters who are very tough, she's beating up, and she can be mean too. She's getting after them and the guys are timid, and she's like the alpha, for sure. It's pretty crazy. I think she could beat Ronda now. I don't know, maybe you try to build her a little more and get her a little more experience? But she's more than capable."

Though not confirmed, Miesha Tate, will likely get next crack at Rousey, which means Nunes will likely have to win another bout to earn her shot.

Should she live up to her prediction, Nunes could get the chance to back up her coaches words by proving he striking is on a completely different level than that of someone who is more than capable of becoming a boxing gold medalist.

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