By: Mike Bohn |
November 7, 2019 8: 10 pm
Nunes (18-4 MMA, 11-1 UFC), the UFC females’s featherweight and bantamweight champion, turn out to be pushing to defend her belt from the better weight class next. That didn’t materialize, though, as she may be placing her 135-pound belt up for grabs against de Randamie (9-3 MMA, 6-1 UFC) on the December tournament.
The clarification for that it sounds as if came down to de Randamie. Despite the champion now not being engaging to lower weight, Nunes finally gave in after “The Iron Girl” refused to trace the contract for 145 kilos. De Randamie talked about that turn out to be for factual purpose.
“She’s factual – I declined the battle at 145,” de Randamie talked about true through a present UFC 245 news convention. “I turn out to be the 145-pound champion. No person defeated me to preserve that belt; simplest the UFC took that belt. I need the 135 belt. It’s basically the most active weight division. There are moderately an excellent deal of ladies at 135, now not at 145. I’ve been through moderately an excellent deal of (expletive), so 135 that is also.”
Other motivation to attain the battle at bantamweight is to, as shut as doable, duplicate the instances across the significant battle. Nunes defeated de Randamie by first-round TKO at UFC Fight Night 31 in November in what is level-headed de Randamie’s simplest UFC loss.
Plenty has changed for each and every females since then, but de Randamie talked about the greatest difference for her is that she is now a total fighter.
“The adaptation is six years,” de Randamie talked about. “She turn out to be in the inspiration of her MMA profession or her inch, and identical for me. I turn out to be extra of a kickboxer than a mixed martial artist, but that’s the adaptation.”
In spite of weight class, the truth de Randamie is combating Nunes for a UFC title at all is something of a shock. The Dutch fighter has had a shaky relationship with the UFC through the years, and turn out to be even once stripped of the featherweight belt on sage of she turn out to be unwilling to defend it against Cris Cyborg.
The inch serve to 1 other UFC title battle has been a long and treacherous one, and while there’s a significance in the serve of her combating for a championship again, de Randame talked about the anguish in defeating the sport’s high-ranked female fighter is even extra critical.
“I respect Amanda plenty,” de Randamie talked about. “To be correct, I couldn’t care less in regards to the belt. I precise are looking out for to battle the finest, and I even have the utmost respect for Amanda, and I believe about she is the very, very finest at this 2d, and I will divulge it to her.”
UFC 245 takes divulge Dec. 14 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. De Randamie vs. Nunes is opinion to be one of three title fights on the pay-per-leer main card, which follows prelims on ESPN2 and ESPN+/UFC Fight Jog.
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