Many years ago, former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia revealed that he slept with the UFC championship belt after winning it by knocking out Ricco Rodriguez at UFC 41.
Fast forward thirteen years, and UFC women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes is doing the same thing Sylvia once did. She spoke to MMAJunkie to discuss how she has enjoyed the UFC championship belt since defeating Miesha Tate at UFC 200:
“For one week, I didn’t sleep at all – everything was about the belt,” Nunes said. “I’d take it everywhere. It would sleep with me. I’d put it next to the TV. I don’t know if I watched TV or looked at the belt. It was amazing.
“Now I know how every champion feels with that thing at home, how strong it makes you. I know now how Ronda (Rousey) was very dominating, Anderson Silva, Jose Aldo.… Now I’m going to be like that. I’m going to be dominating for a very long time because it brings so much energy. Amazing. I will keep this belt for a long time. I’m going to retire with this belt, for sure.”
So far there has been no word yet as to who Nunes will defend her title against, however if Julianna Pena is correct, a fight with Ronda Rousey is off the table. With that being said, Valentina Shevchenko is fresh off a dominant win over Holly Holm, and could get a title shot.