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Amanda Nunes: Ronda Rousey is no big deal, and will lose again if she fights me

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

CURITIBA, Brazil -- Amanda Nunes will face Miesha Tate for the UFC bantamweight championship on July 9, and is confident that she has what it takes to beat Tate at UFC 200 and former titleholder Ronda Rousey right after.

"After I get the belt, I will be well prepared to face anyone they put in front of me," Nunes said during a Q&A with the fans prior to UFC 198 weigh-ins Friday. "What matters the most now is the belt. Winning it, I’ll train specifically for each opponent, and I will be ready for Ronda, for sure, because she’s no big deal. She just lost, and will lose again if she fights me."

Being confident in a win over Rousey doesn’t mean she’s looking past the current champion. However, Nunes says "Cupcake" never fought someone like her before.

"Miesha is a great athlete, really tough. I know that," said the Brazilian. "I know it’s going to be a war. She’s the champion and we expect a war. I will be prepared. Miesha has holes in her game standing and on the ground. She has never fought a girl that can end the fight at any moment. I can knock her out standing or submit her on the ground. Any mistake, and I finish her. She hasn’t fought any athlete like this."

Nunes earned a shot at the title after scoring three straight wins over Valentina Shevchenko, Sara McMann and Shayna Baszler, but her conditioning still is a big key ahead of the first five-round fight of her MMA career.

"I don’t know why I gassed in my last fight," said Nunes, who defeated Shevchenko via decision in March. "I train at American Top Team, the biggest team in the world, and I have every type of training. I’m watching the tape of my fight and see what I did wrong. We’re doing everything so it doesn’t happen again."

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