Amanda Nunes might not have any landing passes or Tremendous Bowl wins underneath her MMA belt, however the UFC ladies’s bantamweight and featherweight champion is slowly changing into the Tom Brady of the game.
That is based on UFC president Dana White, an avid New England Patriots fan who has seen Brady change into the best quarterback of all time since his NFL arrival 20 years in the past. Whereas Nunes hasn’t had the identical sort of longevity in fight sports activities, “Lioness” has completed sufficient over the previous six years to name herself one of many best fighters of all time, male or feminine. Wins over the likes of Cris Cyborg, Ronda Rousey, Miesha Tate, Holly Holm, and Valentina Shevchenko go away nothing to doubt.
Forward of Nunes’ first ladies’s featherweight title protection this weekend at UFC 250 towards the formidable Felicia Spencer, White had an opportunity to debate the champion’s unbelievable run of excellence and skill to shatter any file she desires.
“Hear, she’s ready proper now — all people already considers her the best feminine blended martial artist ever, and one of many best of all time, male or feminine,” mentioned White throughout UFC 250’s pre-fight media scrum (see it right here).
“She’s ready now the place she’s like (Tom) Brady standing, you understand what I imply? She’s like Brady. You simply hold breaking data and attempt to make the file up to now out and onerous to beat that, you understand, it’ll take an unbelievable athlete to indicate up someday and break Amanda Nunes’ data. She fights for cash to make a residing for her and her household, and she or he fights for legacy now, to interrupt as many data as she will be able to and attempt to get that factor up to now out of attain that individuals can’t contact her.”
Nunes, 32, will probably be coming into uncharted territory at UFC 250. The promotion has by no means had a duel champion who constantly defends each titles in dominant trend. If “Lioness” can hold delivering one-sided title defenses and beatdowns throughout two weight lessons it could solely take a couple of extra journeys to the Octagon to definitively cement herself as one of the best MMA fighter of all time.
The reigning UFC champion does have extra losses on her skilled file than different legendary fighters like Jon Jones or Georges St-Pierre, however Nunes has solely misplaced as soon as as a member of the UFC roster and is ending at an unbelievable charge. Since shedding to Cat Zingano through TKO again in 2014, “Lioness” has produced an ideal 10-Zero file with seven finishes (six within the first spherical), seven UFC title combat wins, 5 UFC title defenses, and 4 post-fight bonuses. She has coupled her world-class placing with one-punch energy, suffocating submissions, unbelievable takedown protection, and the flexibility to go 5 full rounds if wanted.
Defeating Spencer this weekend at UFC 250 could also be thought of simply one other feather within the cap of Nunes, however it additionally represents a greenhouse impact for her profession. “Lioness” might find yourself working away with the whole lot ought to she seize yet one more victory.
UFC 250 will go down later this night (Sat., June 6, 2020) dwell on ESPN+ PPV from inside UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada, with Nunes vs. Spencer serving because the headliner.
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