Former UFC 2-division champion Amanda Nunes, who’s still the featherweight champion, is on a road back to stay the greatest women martial artist alive when she engages fire with the current bantamweight champion Julianna Pena in a rematch. But before, they must cross paths at a reality TV show as both Pena and Nunes are heading to coach opposing each other at the 30th season of The Ultimate Fighter franchise.
Nunes was defeated by Pena at UFC 269, thus Pena pulling off possibly the greatest upset in the UFC history when she submitted Nunes via rear-naked choke in the second round to claim and become the new titleholder of women’s bantamweight championship. Now, Pena was ready for the rematch right back from having the biggest win of her career and Nunes is now confident she will not lose this time as they are officially in to fight sometime soon in 2022.
Battered knees didn’t let Amanda Nunes even walk properly at one point of time
In an interview with ESPN Correspondent Brett Okamoto, Nunes talked about her injuries leading up to the Pena fight at UFC 269 that finally contributed to her loss. Despite such a health status, Nunes was the one dominating the first round of the fight before giving it up to Pena in the next.
“Yeah I feel like it’s [fighting at UFC 269] is a mistake at the same time too… I actually battered my both knee[s],“ says Nunes on being asked if there was a health issue coming into UFC 269 “[It] was pretty bad and I wasn’t able to recover it and I went through every time that I training back home and then like the next day I didn’t even walk…
But I don’t want to make excuses,” Nunes continues “I did that, you know, [so] I pay for my mistakes and I wanted to do a full camp [back then] and I didn’t,” she concludes.
What do you make of Nunes’ health issues she had back in December 2021 at UFC 269? Do you think Nunes was looking very different in her fight with Julianna Pena as compared to how she usually does? Who do you think wins the rematch between Nunes and Pena? The Ultimate Fighter Season 30 will premier on May 3 at ESPN+.