Recently, it was confirmed by the UFC brass that former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey would be making her highly anticipated return to the Octagon at December 30th in the main event of UFC 207, the UFC’s New Year’s Eve card, to fight women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes in a highly anticipated showdown for the women’s bantamweight title.
While Nunes headlined UFC 200 with Miesha Tate, who she defeated via submission in the main event to claim the women’s bantamweight championship, she has been very open about the fact that she believes this is the biggest fight of her career, and that the fight will certainly bring her quite a bit of attention from viewers.
Ahead of the fight, Nunes spoke to MMAJunkie to explain why this fight will change her life:
“I’m very happy. This fight is a gift – it will change my life,” Nunes told MMA Junkie. “She can be the favorite, there’s no problem. Our encounter is going to be on Dec. 30, and then it will be something else – it will be just me and her in there. I’m certainly going to win and, faith in God, leave that night as a champion.”
“But that’s part of it, right? Hopefully I’ll make a lot of people a lot of money. I know some people will bet on me, and I hope to give a lot of people a lot of money in that bet.”
While Nunes has remained adamant that Rousey certainly deserves the rematch despite the fact that she lost her last fight, and then subsequently took a year off from the Octagon, top ranked women’s bantamweight Julianna Pena was campaigning for a fight with Nunes.
With her fight with Rousey announced, Nunes weighed-in on the status of the rest of the women’s bantamweight division:
“There are many girls climbing up the rankings. There’s Julianna Pena, who needs to stop talking and fight – because people want to see big fights. That’s why they scheduled this fight with me and Ronda, because it’s a great fight.
“Julianna needs to make her name, to lift up her name in order for people to start asking for that fight. There’s (Valentina) Shevchenko, whom I’ve beat, coming off a win over Holly Holm, who’s also been evolving in the division.”