UFC women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes is brimming with confidence ahead of her title fight with Ronda Rousey at UFC 207 on December 30, so much so that she is “200 percent” sure she will emerge victorious.
Nunes was crowned champion after defeating Miesha Tate via submission in the first round of their bout at UFC 200 in July.
Facing Rousey, who is making her comeback after more than a year, is arguably going to be Nunes’ toughest challenge, but the Brazilian is relishing the opportunity to go up against the former champion.
“I’m 100 percent gonna beat Ronda Rousey — I’m 200 percent,” Nunes told TMZ. “I’m gonna enjoy every single day in this moment of my career.
“It’s the moment I’ve been waiting for, fighting on the big cards like UFC 200. Like I said, I have to defend this belt. It’s a huge show, a huge event.”
Nunes also believes that Rousey won’t be able to deal with her striking capabilities as she was troubled by the same issue in her last fight against Holly Holm at UFC 193 last November.
“I understand everything Ronda Rousey is gonna bring that day,” Nunes said. “I don’t think she’s gonna be able to deal with my striking. She’s gonna be really surprised when I touch her, when I connect on my punches.”
Not everyone agrees with the decision to give Rousey a title shot as lost the title to Holm at UFC 193 and will have spent more than a year out of the Octagon before making her return in December. However, Nunes feels that the 29-year-old more than deserves a title shot.
“I think it’s wrong,” Nunes said. “Because she was always the most dominant athlete. I think she really deserves that. I know how I’m gonna beat Ronda Rousey. I’ve been training for Ronda Rousey since my first fight in the UFC.”
When asked what fighting Rousey meant to her, Nunes replied: “This fight is gonna change my life, my career. I hope she’s ready. I know she’s a very tough opponent, but I’m the best in the world.”