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Midnight Mania interview: Amanda Nunes willing to complete trilogy with division’s best striker Germaine de Randamie

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UFC 245: Nunes v de Randamie Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC

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While capturing two title simultaneously is an incredible accomplishment and monumental task in itself, defending both straps is perhaps an even greater challenge. One is forced to always look further passed the current challenger, as there is never a truly calm path ahead so long as the double champ is responsible for defending the belts.

Amanda Nunes is almost unique in all of mixed martial arts (MMA) history for undergoing this burden. Ahead of her UFC 259 Featherweight title defense opposite Megan Anderson this weekend (March 6, 2021), “Lioness” still has to think about her Bantamweight belt and possible challengers. Speaking with MMAmania, Nunes responded to a quote from Germaine de Randamie, who said that she “exposed” the champion.

“I don’t think she exposed me,” Nunes explained. “I believe she has the best striking in the division, and I feel like I exposed her more by showing that I can handle her striking and am still able to use my wrestling and ground to neutralize her. If the UFC feels that’s next, then that is what it will be.”

Nunes has defeated “The Iron Lady” twice already. She won the first bout via technical knockout back in 2013, but Nunes’ 2019 victory over de Randamie was a more hard-fought decision win. Given the Dutch striker’s rebound win opposite Julianna Pena, a 2021 rematch does seem distinctly possible.

Later in the week, Nunes’ full interview with MMAmania covering motherhood, the pressures of being double champ, and much more will be released — keep an eye out!


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Sleep well Maniacs! More martial arts madness is always on the way.

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