Amanda Nunes has decided who she wants to face in her first fight as UFC women’s bantamweight champion, none other than Ronda Rousey.
Nunes was crowned champion at UFC 200 on July 9 when she made Miesha Tate submit just over three minutes into their main event bout.
While Nunes has already set her sights on Rousey, she revealed that her second choice would be Julianna Pena, who is currently on a four-fight winning streak, should Rousey not be available to fight.
Rousey, who last fought at UFC 193, where she lost to Holly Holm via knockout, is only expected to be back early next year as she is currently fulfilling movie commitments and underwent knee surgery in June.
“Ronda Rousey,” Nunes told reporters when asked who she wants her first title defence to come against. “But we have a couple of girls in line right now — Julianna Pena, Valentina Shevchenko, and if Ronda’s not coming back, I’ll take Julianna Pena. It’s no problem.”
Should she get her wish and take on Rousey, Nunes is confident that she will be able to hand the 29-year-old her second consecutive loss as she has been working on perfecting her jiu-jitsu and judo.
“I’ve been training jiu-jitsu since I started. Jiu-jitsu and judo both together. I know how to block very well judo throws, I know how to use my hips very well,” she said. “I know if Ronda Rousey is coming back, I’m going to keep the championship.”