By Nolan King |
June 7, 2020 4:06 am
For Amanda Nunes, it’s only up from here.
Adding another promotional record to her career accolades, Nunes (20-4 MMA, 13-1 UFC) became the first woman in UFC history to successfully defend titles in multiple weight classes. On Saturday night, Nunes dominated Felicia Spencer in the UFC 250 headliner en route to a unanimous decision win to retain her featherweight title.
“Tonight is like it’s always going to be, because from here to the next, I’m going to grow,” Nunes said at the UFC 250 post-fight news conference. “I’m going to the roof. I’m going to the top of the mountain. I’m going to go to the moon.”
Nunes, who also holds the women’s bantamweight title, didn’t finish Spencer, but she’s OK with that. In fact, Nunes is willing to go a step further: She’s happy with it.
Nunes wanted to prove to doubters that she has the gas tank to go five rounds and still have energy left.
“I want to do that. I want to go five rounds with the most tough girls,” Nunes said. “Tonight, I proved it. I know Felicia is the toughest girl in this division. I know she’s going to handle exactly what she did tonight. I just want to prove it. I can go to six rounds, not only five anymore. (I want to) laugh and enjoy being in there. Tonight was amazing – amazing.
“Everything that we work on (me and my coach), I was able to put in there. That was making me laugh. (It wasn’t) because I was hurting her. It’s because I was able to put together everything we trained. Every fighter wants to do that. I want to train and put it in there. A lot of people can’t, and it’s frustrating.”
Appearing to get emotional, Nunes expanded on her life – a “perfect” life, as she called it. Needing to heal up from injuries and with a baby on the way with wife and fellow fighter Nina Ansaroff, Nunes said it’s unlikely fans see her compete again in 2020.
“(I need) a break for sure,” Nunes said. “I have to see what’s going on with my legs. I always get hurt with this leg. I don’t know what’s going on. My baby is coming. In three months she’s going to be here. I have to organize a lot of things – her room. I have to do a lot of things, and I really need a break right now.
“… (My life is) perfect, living this fun ride and the joy every single day. Be a good person. Life will give you back.”