‘She Was Dropping Men in the Gym’- Dana White Reveals How Amanda Nunes Has Been Training for UFC 259

Published 03/06/2021, 5:30 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 14: UFC women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes prepares for a title defense against Germaine de Ranamie during UFC 245 at T-Mobile Arena on December 14, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Nunes retained her title by unanimous decision. (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)


Amanda Nunes is unquestionably the greatest female fighter to have ever graced the UFC octagon. Over the course of her career, she has stopped other greats in women’s MMA such as Holly Holm, Ronda Rousey, and Cris Cyborg among others. 

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This weekend she takes on a different kind of challenge in Megan Anderson, who holds a considerable reach and size advantage over her. The Australian fighter also has one-punch knockout power like Nunes does therefore it will be interesting to see how the fight plays out.

Unsurprisingly, going into the fight, Nunes is a huge favorite. However, as it has happened in the past multiple times, it is usually the most unexpected fighters that defeat the dominant champions. Therefore, Anderson can not be counted out of this fight just yet. 

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Read: UFC 259: Joseph Benavidez vs Askar Askarov- prediction and analysis 

Dana White reveals details from a conversation with Dan Lambert regarding Amanda Nunes 

In a recent interview, Kevin Iole asked Dana White what he made of the co-main event at UFC 259 and how he thought it would play out. 

He said, “Well, let me put it to you this way, the fight with Amanda Nunes and Megan Anderson… both of these women have knockout power. They can knock other women unconscious…. Very rarely do you have fights with women where they can knock each other out viciously and they both have this power. Megan Anderson has six knockouts and three submissions. She can finish fights.”

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White continued, “I was talking to Dan Lambert this week, he was telling me I don’t know how this is possible but she actually looks better than she has ever looked. And they did not have women to train with, so she was training with men. He said she was dropping men in the gym… but you can’t count out a puncher like Megan Anderson. Anything is possible.”

In her first featherweight fight, ‘The Lioness’ took on a dangerous knockout artist in Cris Cyborg. Both women came out guns blazing, swinging leather. However, Nunes was not only able to absorb the shots thrown at her, but she was also able to hurt Cris with her own shots en route a first-round stoppage.

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Therefore, it will be interesting to see if she will be able to cope with Anderson’s power and vice versa.

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Kevin Binoy is an MMA author at EssentiallySports. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Fergusson College and has been covering sports professionally for over two years. Besides working with the MMA writing team, Kevin is a core member of the organization's web stories team and is responsible for delivering engaging MMA web stories.

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