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Kayla Harrison confident Amanda Nunes will win at UFC 277, calls Julianna Pena’s first win ‘just a fluke’

Undefeated women’s mixed martial arts (MMA) star Kayla Harrison believes former training partner, Amanda Nunes, will defeat Julianna Pena to reclaim her UFC women’s bantamweight title later tonight (Sat., July 30, 2022) at UFC 277 live on ESPN+ pay-per-view (PPV)/ABC/ESPN from inside American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.

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Harrison, who is a former training partner of Nunes, was hoping to score a massive fight with “Lioness” in the near future. She was in attendance at UFC 269 this past December hoping a Nunes win would set their superfight up, but Pena spoiled the party with a second-round submission in what is considered one of the greatest upsets in Octagon history.

While Harrison is no longer part of Nunes’ camps since “Lioness” moved on to create her own gym she still believes the former champ-champ will avenger her loss to Pena and reclaim her 135-pound title. Harrison simply looks at Pena’s first win over Nunes as nothing more than a fluke.

“I obviously don’t train with Amanda anymore so I don’t know how camp has gone, I don’t know what she’s doing, but she’s so talented, she’s so seasoned,” Harrison told MMA Fighting.

“I think that she learns from that mistake. I think it was just a fluke, to be honest. I can’t see it going the same way again. I can’t. Now I don’t how she’s training, I don’t know her cardio. I don’t know, but if I were going to bet, I’d bet on Amanda.”

Nunes, who is considered the best female fighter in MMA history, was beating Pena up in the first fight before “The Venezuelan Vixen” tired the champ out and flipped the script in the second round. Harrison believes that Nunes will still be able to piece Pena up on the feet, but avoid the same mistakes she did last time when Pena didn’t go down.

“When [Pena] didn’t go down, I think that maybe surprised Amanda a little bit,” said Harrison. “When she kept coming, I think that surprised Amanda a little bit. But she won’t be surprised this time.

“She’s not going to make that mistake again. She’s not going to take her lightly. It will be interesting to see how they both adapt. I’m very excited for that fight.”

What do you think, Maniacs? Will Nunes correct her mistakes and reclaim gold at UFC 277?

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