MMA fans are looking forward to the upcoming women’s bantamweight title at UFC 245, Amanda Nunes vs Germaine de Randamie. UFC 245 will take place Saturday 12/14 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
What we have here is a fight with two of the most qualified women in the division facing off against each other. Both know each other from previous pairings and both ladies have held championship titles in the UFC. They have each had quick nights and five-round battles in their 3 most recent fights.
The champion Amanda “The Lioness” Nunes from Brazil, is 31 years old with a record of 18-4. The Lioness is currently the women’s bantamweight champion as well as the women’s featherweight champion. She has stated she does plan to defend both titles.
Amanda’s last two outings were both-first round finishes, KO/TKO, against Cris Cyborg and Holly Holm. You must go back to September of 2014 for her last loss against a then-undefeated Cat Zingano. Since then she has defeated a few people you may have heard of: Rousey, Tate, Shevchenko to name a few.
Germaine de Randamie
The challenger, Germaine de Randamie, known as the Iron Lady, is 35 and from the Netherlands. The Iron Lady will enter with a record of 9-3 and was the inaugural featherweight champion just 24 months ago. A title she had stripped by the UFC and was never defeated in the octagon for it.
Germaine’s last fight, a TKO against Aspen Ladd, was marred with some controversy over a very questionable quick stoppage. Her last 5 fights, all victories, have been fought over a 5 year period, basically once a year. Prior to her win over Ladd, there were two unanimous decisions over Raquel Pennington and Holly Holm. De Randamine’s last loss was a 2013 TKO to her current UFC 245 opponent in the first round.
At a recent UFC 245 press conference, Amanda stated, “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.”
When Germaine was asked about the difference now since the previous loss to Amada, “The difference is six years, she was at the beginning of her MMA career or her journey, and same for me. I was more of a kickboxer than a mixed martial artist, but that’s the difference.”
As a fan, I am excited to see this fight and we should be treated to great standup to start. The pure technique of a former kickboxer versus the pure MMA punching power of a seasoned champion. The champion has displayed this power many times previously. The challenger seems most equipped to grind out a win on the scorecards while seeking the perfect KO. Both fighters have experienced a 5 round format previously so conditioning should not be a surprise factor. With the experience both fighters have, as a whole and of each other, expect a cerebral game plan from each.
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