UFC bantamweight champ Amanda Nunes didn’t just beat featherweight champ Cris Cyborg at UFC 232, she knocked her out in 51 seconds.
The moment the fight was waved on, Nunes charged forward, wading through Cyborg’s offense to land power shots of her own. And suddenly, Cyborg was down.
Nunes’ willingness to trade with the fearsome featherweight champ apparently had a lot do with her realization that she had nothing to fear from her power.
“She didn’t [hurt me] at all,” Nunes said recently on the UFC Unfiltered podcast (transcript via MMA Fighting). “Actually, when she connected the first time I saw that there was no power at all and I put my hands down, [and said] ‘I’m gonna go for it’. I don’t know if you see when I put my head down when she started punching me but I was more scared of the talk that she punches hard than exactly that she punched hard. You hear a lot that ‘She punches hard, she’s strong, she has knockout power!’ but when she landed, I moved my head because I was more scared of being hit than because the punch was strong.”
Amanda Nunes also discussed a potential rematch with Cris Cyborg. Apparently, Cyborg is going to have some waiting on her hands if she wants a do-over with the new two-division champion.
“Cyborg doesn’t want to fight me if it takes more than a year to prepare, and right now, I don’t think she’s gonna want it because I’m gonna ask for two years to be ready for her again,” Nunes said. “She said I wanted one year to be ready for her and she didn’t want to wait that much, she don’t wanna stay without fighting but right now I’m asking for two years for the rematch.”
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This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 1/4/2019.