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.
“I’m working for a win.”