Amanda Nunes asks for her belt for new challengers

Amanda Nunes asks for her belt for new challengers

Champion goes on to defend her eighth title in the UFC and admits she wants to slow down the pace of the fight until retirement. Photo: (Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Simultaneous UFC bantamweight and women’s featherweight champion Amanda ‘Leoa’ Nunes will defend her belt for the eighth time next weekend, but has already announced that she will begin to brake on the frequency of her struggles. Next Saturday, in Las Vegas, United States, at UFC 269, a brawl will take place between Amanda and Juliana Pea, contenders for the women’s bantamweight belt.

In an interview with Esporte Espetacular, from globe, Amanda Nunes said: “Since I’ve been a champion for a long time, holding two belts – both also defending, a feat no one has ever been able to achieve – it reaches the limits of what we already know about. Not only thinking. Retiring, but go slowly, don’t rush for the next fight, with a year or two of fighting. I’m also turning 34, the body feels a little more, And we don’t train as much as when I was 20, it hurts all the time. But as long as I can, I’ll keep going.”

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Champion also said that she wants ‘oxygen’ in her rival fighters. According to her, athletes from other organizations can also be called: “I think at this point we have to leave the ‘mix’. Girls who have been fighting for some time, who are not in the top 10, who are not in the top 5, Do I need a chance too. I don’t pick any opponent and of course if I have to fight Holly (Holm), with Germaine (Randmy), whatever, I will fight, but I think the audience wants to see something new Let’s change the divide, put the girls in front of each other, and bring these girls deeper, for the masses to bring something new to us, don’t let this stagnant thing. I think the UFC should really Will have to change the division in the U.S., even looking for new talent and maybe bringing in more girls from other shows. That’s what we’ve been waiting for.”

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At 33 years old, Amanda Nunes has 21 wins and 4 losses in her career, her last loss being at UFC 178 in 2014.

Brazilians Charles do Bronx and Raulian Paiva will also be on the main card at UFC 269.

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