Amanda Nunes recounts the turning point in UFC 269 fight with Julianna Pena: “I was not able to recover after that”
UFC 269 on December 11, 2021, featured Amanda Nunes vs Julianna Peña in the much anticipated Women’s bantamweight title fight. Nunes (21-5 MMA) vs Peña (12-4 MMA) was to end in a submission loss in the second round for Nunes.
After surviving the opening round with ‘The Lioness’, Peña turned up the intensity in the second round. For many it was a shocking defeat for Nunes, some branding it the most shocking loss in UFC history. Nunes’ unprecedented 12-fight, seven-year undefeated streak ended that day.
Now, two+ months after her loss, Nunes is speaking out about what went wrong back in December of 2021.
In speaking during a media scrum (h/t MMA News), she recounted the turning point in her UFC 269 fight with Julianna Pena:
“I got caught in the beginning of the second round. I don’t know if it was a jump-in, overhand, I don’t know what the move was. But for me, it looked like a jump overhand. It got me right here (points to behind left ear),” said Nunes. “It’s like, that was the end. I was not able to recover after that. I told Nina (Nunes) like, I felt dizzy, because I never got caught before. If you’re asking me how getting caught feels, I never would’ve answered because I never got caught before. So when I got caught, I lost everything; I lost my balance, my visual was a little bit blurry, too, and from that moment, everything went downhill.”
Continuing Amanda Nunes said:
“When I got on the floor, I was already done. From watching the fight, and how everything was played in my head after I got caught, yeah. Everybody say I was tired and everything, okay, (they) look at me and say, ‘Your timing was off’ yeah, I didn’t train well for the fight. Of course, you think I showed up 100%? But I did get caught. She really connected a good one and I wasn’t able to recover.”
A Nunes vs Peña 2 will happen later this year after the conclusion of TUF 30.
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