Amanda Nunes to defend bantamweight title vs. Germaine de Randamie at UFC 245 (1 Viewer)


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Amanda Nunes to defend bantamweight title vs. Germaine de Randamie at UFC 245
UFC double champion Amanda Nunes will be sneaking one more bout in before the calendar year comes to an end.

“The Lioness” Nunes (18-4 MMA, 11-1 UFC) will defend her bantamweight title against former women’s featherweight champ Germaine de Randamie (9-3 MMA, 6-1 UFC) at UFC 245.

A person with knowledge of the situation confirmed the news to MMA Junkie on Saturday. The person asked to remain anonymous as the UFC has yet to make an official announcement. ESPN was first to report the news.

UFC 245 takes place Dec. 14 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The main card streams on pay-per-view, following prelims on ESPN 2 and ESPN+.


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YES!! This should be a fun fight. They'll both stand and trade. I think GDR might be one of the only women who can eat a Nunes shot.


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Why? Germaine is like the crane kick in the Karate Kid. No defend.


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Apparently RT ran a story or tweet about transgender athletes destroying female sports. It has since been pulled but apparently one of the photos they included was of Amanda Nunes.

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Amanda Nunes: I beat Germaine de Randamie before, so 'imagine now' at UFC 245
Amanda Nunes believes Germaine de Randamie should be very concerned going into their title rematch at UFC 245.

Nunes (18-4 MMA, 11-1 UFC) and de Randamie (9-3 MMA, 6-1 UFC) are set to run it back for the UFC women’s bantamweight title on the Dec. 14 card in a rematch from UFC Fight Night 31 in November 2013, which Nunes won by TKO in less than four minutes.

Both women have since gone on to become UFC champions, but Nunes is the one currently on top of the game, holding both the women’s 135 and 145-pound titles. The Brazilian is in peak form, too, having won five of her past six championship bouts by stoppage.

De Randamie fairly worked her way into the rematch with Nunes, but she’s already been positioned as a sizable underdog by oddsmakers. The champion sees that as justified, because if she was able to beat de Randamie before when she was just getting her footing in the UFC, she expects to do it again as her career fires on all cylinders.

“I feel like she deserves (a title shot),” Nunes said at a recent UFC 245 news conference. “She’s the next one. I respect her a lot. She evolved a lot, but we fought when I was at the beginning of my career with the UFC. Now I’m a double champion, and there’s a lot of experience involved in that. I will bring this belt home with me. No doubt in my mind.

“I know her very well. I beat her when I was at the beginning of my career at the UFC, and I was able to beat her. Imagine now, with the experience I have with these two belts at home. I’m here to make statements, make history and keep putting my name at the top of the mountain. I will prove it once again.”

In the first fight Nunes was largely able to maul de Randamie with grappling and position, finishing the fight with an assault of ground-and-pound from top position. Given de Randamie’s decorated striking background, putting her on the mat is seemingly the best approach to victory.

Nunes wouldn’t tip her hand when it comes to strategy, but she is confident everywhere. She’s scored standing knockouts of Holly Holm and Cris Cyborg in her past two wins, and it seems unlikely that Nunes would fear the striking exchanges with de Randamie.

That doesn’t mean she solely intends to strike, though.

“Germaine is a very good striker,” Nunes said. “If you won’t play her game, she won’t have any chance against you. I’m going to make her play my game, and the fight’s going to play out the way I want. I have all the advantages against her.”

For Nunes, the greatest challenge around competing at UFC 245 might revolve around her weight cut. She said her preference was to defend the featherweight title next, but de Randamie was keen to make it happen at 135 pounds because it’s the more established division.

Nunes obliged but said her goal is still to actively defend both titles.

“I asked for this fight twice to be at 145, but for some reason she don’t want,” Nunes said. “After back-and-forth with UFC, we decided we talk to our coaches, I discussed with my wife and we say, ‘You know what, if we keep fighting to make this happen at 145, we never going to fight. Let’s do this at 135. I’m gonna go down.’ After this one I go up to defend my other one.”

UFC 245 takes place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Nunes vs. de Randamie is one of three title fights on the pay-per-view main card, which follows prelims on ESPN2 and ESPN+/UFC Fight Pass.


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Ketlen Vieira open to fighting Amanda Nunes at bantamweight or featherweight after UFC 245
Ketlen Vieira returns from a long layoff to take on Irene Aldana in the preliminary portion of UFC 245 in Las Vegas, Nev., on Dec. 14, and expects to be next for a UFC belt even if she refuses to think too much about it.

Vieira met with Brazilian reporters during a UFC media day in Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday to discuss her upcoming bantamweight clash with Aldana, and said that she would be willing to move up to 145 pounds to challenge Nunes in 2020.

Nunes, who holds both 135- and 145-pound titles in the UFC, said recently that she was hoping to defend the featherweight throne against Germaine de Randamie at UFC 245, but her opponent was adamant to challenge for the bantamweight belt instead.

What if Nunes insists to compete in a heavier weight class against Vieira, who is 4-0 as a bantamweight in the Octagon?

“I’d shake hands with her and say let’s do it,” Vieira said with a laugh. “We’re both big athletes and I can fight at 135 or 145, which would be even easier since we wouldn’t suffer too much (cutting weight), but I leave that decision with my team. It’s up to ‘Dede’ (Andre Pederneiras). I’m confident in whatever he says.”

Vieira hasn’t fought since a split decision over Cat Zingano in March 2018, courtesy of a serious knee injury that kept her for more than 18 months. The time off worked in her favor, Vieira says, as she wasn’t sure back then if she was a win away from a title shot.

That said, “Fenomeno” doesn’t look past Aldana.

“I’m the No. 2 in the rankings and Amanda will fight the No. 1 on the same night,” Vieira said. “I don’t see anyone else after I win this fight. I’ll automatically become the No. 1. Of course, every fighter wants to become champion, it’s my dream, but I’m focused on Irene Aldana now. To me, Irene Aldana is the one who has the belt right now.

“I can’t bite off more then I can chew. She’s on a roll, it’s her fourth fight this year, so it’s definitely a test for me. I’m happy and motivated. I’m grateful to be fighting again.”

The Nova União fighter predicts that Nunes will remain the bantamweight champion after UFC 245, but what if de Randamie shocks the MMA world at the T-Mobile Arena on Dec. 14 and the company decides to book an immediate rematch between the two?

“I’ll do whatever my coaches think I should do,” Vieira said. “If ‘Dede’ thinks I have to fight 10 more times, I will. I trust them.”

“If that happens, we’ll sit and wait,” Pederneiras responded. “She will be 11-0 in MMA and 5-0 in the UFC, including a win over Cat Zingano, the only one that defeated Amanda, and also Sara McMann, a former title challenger.”

Pederneiras says the UFC hasn’t officially promised Vieira a title shot with a win on Dec. 14, but the head coach thinks it’s “obvious” it must happen next.

The chance for the gold could some sooner, though, if something happens to de Randamie before UFC 245. Vieira’s team weren’t informed that it would be the back-up plan for the championship contest in that case, but Vieira would “absolutely” agree to stepping in against “The Lioness.”

“The Iron Lady” has pulled out from four UFC fights due to injuries between 2014 and 2017, but was victorious every time she entered the Octagon since her first-round defeat to the Brazilian in 2013.

For Pederneiras, it all makes sense, but it would have to be something official for them to cut an extra pound the morning before the event.

“I can’t count on something that isn’t expected,” Pederneiras said. “It’s hard to make someone suffer (cutting weight), and then she loses the next day because she suffered too much for nothing? I have to do what’s in the contract. Unless they say, ‘make 135 because it might happen,’ then we’d do it. But they have to say it first.

“You train for either three or five rounds. You’d force a fighter that hasn’t prepared to go five rounds and that’s complicated… If it happens we wouldn’t run away from it, but we’re focused on Irene. Let’s see what happens.”


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Amanda Nunes: Giving up title took away Germaine de Randamie's legitimacy as a UFC champ
“You only prove you’re a champion if you defend your belt,” Nunes said at the UFC 245 athlete panel on Wednesday. “She proved she give up her belt, she’s not supposed to be in this spot that I am right now. I feel like she’s evolved a lot, but I have all the answers for Saturday night. I will walk away with my belt without a doubt in my mind.”
[DOUBLEPOST=1576120561,1576120334][/DOUBLEPOST]Dana White reveals talks with Claressa Shields about potential showdown with Amanda Nunes
“Claressa Shields is coming,” White told BT Sport. “She’ll be here Saturday to watch the fight. She’s coming to watch the fight, and I will be honest with you, Claressa Shields’ people and I have talked. I don’t know, we’ll see. We’ve talked.

“I know they’re both interested in it, too. We’ll see how this whole thing plays out. We have a lot of respect for her, too, and she’s going to come to the fight and should be fun.”

White played a big hand in the 2017 megafight that saw Conor McGregor cross over into boxing for a matchup against Floyd Mayweather. “The Money Fight” ended up as the second biggest selling pay-per-view of all time (behind Mayweather’s fight against Manny Pacquiao).

Shields doesn’t gather an audience anywhere near Mayweather. But as a two-time Olympic gold medalist with an undefeated record in boxing across multiple weight classes, she has the credentials to back up a move to the UFC.

If Nunes gets past de Randamie this weekend, the list of contenders still waiting to face her shrinks dramatically outside of Ketlen Vieira, who’s also fighting on this weekend’s UFC 245 card against Irene Aldana.

That fight might make sense based on UFC rankings. But there’s no doubt that Nunes facing Shields would be a much bigger draw for the company.

White isn’t too concerned about Nunes’ future competition, because even if the Shields’ fight doesn’t happen, he said there will always be new contenders waiting in the wings.

“You never run out of opponents,” White said. “Anderson Silva went on a run for a very long time, never ran out of opponents. There’s always somebody. There’s always going to be somebody next.”

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