Two of the best female fighters in the world will collide in the co-main event of UFC 232 in Las Vegas on Dec. 29, and Nunes’ training partner and fiancee Nina Ansaroff, a fellow UFC fighter, feels that more than a second belt is on the line for “The Lioness.”
Nunes has held the UFC’s bantamweight champion since a spectacular first-round submission victory over Miesha Tate in 2016. Now she will move up to 145 pounds to challenge Cyborg at The Forum in Inglewood, California.
If victorious at UFC 232, Nunes will not only become the first women to win two belts in the UFC, but Ansaroff believes Nunes will also cement herself as the greatest female fighter of all-time.
”Of course, no doubt about it,” Ansaroff told MMA Fighting. “There will be no doubt in her being the greatest female fighter of all-time when she wins in December.
”From the minute that we decided that it would be a good idea, we were just trying to make it happen,” continued Ansaroff. “And it’s finally here. They finally agreed on a date, and I’m excited for Amanda to show everybody the reason why she wanted to do this.”
The superfight has been in the works for almost a year now, when Nunes first expressed interest in moving up in weight to challenge the fellow Brazilian.
Speaking with MMA Fighting in July, Cyborg attacked the American Top Team star for pushing the date to December. Nunes explained to MMA Fighting that she needed more time to prepare for her first featherweight bout in years.
The discussion between fighters continued on social media, with fans siding with one athlete or the other. In the end, Ansaroff sees the whole commotion as a battle not worth fighting.
”I mean, it’s ridiculous,” Ansaroff said, “but you’ll always gonna have those fans or the casual fans, they don’t know much about the sport, they don’t know what’s involved with taking such a big fight when you’re not 100 percent or when you have other things to do, so we don’t really care too much.
”It doesn’t bother us anymore. People are gonna say what they are gonna say, you just pick and choose your battles.”
The battle Nunes chose is set for Dec. 29, and Ansaroff foresees “The Lioness” making history once again.
”I can see Amanda winning the fight anywhere, to be honest with you,” Ansaroff said. “She’s really well-rounded, she’s a great striker, she’s a black belt in jiu-jitsu. She’s proved she can go to a decision. I can see her winning the fight anywhere.”