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The co-headliner for Saturday’s UFC 239 show, sees two-division UFC champion Amanda Nunes take on Holly Holm in an intriguing battle for the bantamweight title.
Heading in to this fight, both women will have or will create a number of records on the night.
Nunes will be competing in her 11th UFC women’s bantamweight bout, the most appearances in divisional history, while her eight-fight winning streak in women’s competition is the longest in company history.
At 37, Holm is the oldest of the 24 fighters scheduled to compete at the event and becomes the oldest female to compete in a UFC championship fight.
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UFC 239: What has been said?
Jon Jones: “I think [anyone] could knock me out if I put my hands behind my back and let you punch me in the face! I think every man and woman in this audience is strong enough to knock me out if I let them punch me squarely in the chin.
“Every UFC fighter I’ve ever fought has had the power to knock me out. It’s about being skilled enough to land that punch. Thus far, no one’s been skilled enough to land that punch, and I don’t think anything is going to change on Saturday night.
“MMA is an endurance sport, it’s a 25-minute endurance sport. I believe in the first two rounds his muscles will work to his advantage. Anything after that, he’s carrying extra weight and I think it will ultimately work against him.
“I’m actually a lot lighter than I normally am (in fight week),” he continued. “My idea was I’m fighting a guy moving up from middleweight, so I don’t need to be any more powerful, or stronger, for this fight. I need to be able to move really well and have some serious endurance.
“So I believe if it goes anywhere past two rounds, the fight is definitely going to quickly move in my favour, but I also believe I can finish him in the first two rounds as well, so let’s just see how it all plays out.”
UFC 239: Full card
Jon Jones (c) vs Thiago Santos, light heavyweight
Amanda Nunes (c) vs Holly Holm, women’s bantamweight
Jorge Masvidal vs Ben Askren, welterweight
Luke Rockhold vs Jan Blachowicz, light heavyweight
Diego Sanchez vs Michael Chiesa, welterweight
Gilbert Melendez vs Arnold Allen, featherweight
Marlon Vera vs Nohelin Hernandez, bantamweight
Claudia Gadelha vs Randa Markos, women’s strawweight
Alejandro Perez vs Yadong Song, bantamweight
Edmen Shahbazyan vs Jack Marshman, middleweight
Ismail Naurdiev vs Chance Rencountre, welterweight
Julia Avila vs Pannie Kianzad, women’s bantamweight
Amanda Nunes has declared herself the greatest female fighter to ever set foot in the Octagon.
At Monday’s UFC 239 media day, the UFC women’s bantamweight and featherweight champion gave a very convincing case to explain her claim.
In December, the Brazilian became the first women’s ‘champ champ’ in MMA history by knocking out the great Cris Cyborg at UFC 232.
Her resume is extremely impressive, recording dominant victories over Miesha Tate, Ronda Rousey, Valentina Shevchenko and Germaine de Randamie.
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“Yeah, it’s for sure,” Nunes said on Monday. “I am the greatest of all-time. I beat the most dominating woman on the planet. I feel like I deserve it now.”
“I proved it. I’m the best – I proved it. I’ve been doing everything people like to see: knock people out, and submissions, and go in there to fight. Don’t run. Put on a show. I feel like the fans like that and they respect me for that. And I feel good – I feel happy when they tell me I’m the best. I’m too happy.”
Nunes will defend her bantamweight crown against former champion Holly Holm, who famously dethroned Rousey at UFC 193 in 2015.
And while Holmes has acknowledged Nunes’ achievements, she is confident of upsetting the odds.
“In order to have two belts in two different divisions, you have to be a special something,” Holm said to MMA Junkie.
“But she hasn’t faced Holly and that’s the bottom line.
“This is a whole different fight,” Holm continued. “Is she great? Yes. Am I up against a great fighter?
“Yeah. It wouldn’t be a big expectant title fight, she wouldn’t be where she’s at if she hadn’t done great things.
“So yes, it’s a very big fight but I’m ready for it I’ve been training my butt off and that’s what I’m doing.
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