‘Very Few Women Have the Ability to Knockout Other Women’- Dana White Previews Amanda Nunes vs Megan Anderson at UFC 259

Published 03/05/2021, 10:47 PM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 05: (L-R) Opponents Amanda Nunes of Brazil and Megan Anderson of Australia face off during the UFC 259 weigh-in at UFC APEX on March 05, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


Defending a belt as a champion in the UFC is extremely hard, as there is a constant threat from up-and-coming fighters who are trying to make a name for themselves. However, if you’re Amanda Nunes, you not only have to worry about contenders at bantamweight but also featherweight as well.

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‘The Lioness’ has been impressively defending belts in two divisions for some time now. This weekend, however, might be one of the toughest challenges she has taken on so far.

In Megan Anderson, she faces a true featherweight with a considerable reach and height advantage over her and legitimate one-punch knockout power. Hence, it will be interesting to see how Nunes fares this weekend against Anderson. 

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Dana White hypes up fans for Amanda Nunes vs Megan Anderson 

In a recent interview, Brett Okamoto asked Dana White for his thoughts on the co-main event at UFC 259. 

He said, “Now, if you watch a lot of women’s fights, there are women that are very technical, very fast-paced, a lot of great fights that we have had. Very few women have the ability to knock out other women. Knock them out cold, both of these women do in this fight.

Anytime when you get big heavyweight fights, and you have big punchers, anything can happen in a fight. That’s this fight between these two women.”

Going into the fight, Megan Anderson has secured more than half of her wins (55%) via T/KO. The Australian fighter stands at six feet tall and has a reach of 72-inches. ‘The Lioness’ on the other hand, stands at 5’8” and has a reach of 69-inches. A three-inch reach disadvantage is something that the champion will have to overcome this weekend. 

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When faced against another excellent striker in De Randamie, ‘The Lioness’ resorted to her wrestling and grappling skills to secure a win. Therefore, this weekend might see ‘The Lioness’ rely on her wrestling and grappling skills as that is not an area Anderson is strong in. 

Moreover, in standing and trading with someone like Anderson, there is always a risk of getting caught and the fight can be over in the blink of an eye 

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What do you make of the co-main event this weekend? Who do you think takes it? Let us know in the comments below!

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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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