Amanda Nunes Reveals She’s Been Training with Men to Prepare for Megan Anderson at UFC 259

Published 03/04/2021, 11:57 PM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JUNE 05: In this handout image provided by UFC, Amanda Nunes of Brazil poses on the scale during the UFC 250 weigh-in at UFC APEX on June 05, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


UFC two-division champion, Amanda Nunes, spoke to Aaron Bronsteter from TSN, heading into her title defense at UFC 259. Nunes will put her featherweight belt on the line against Megan Anderson, who’s looking to make a historical upset. The odds are stacked heavily against Anderson, who is sure to go full throttle once the opening bell sounds off.

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Nunes has maintained a vice grip over all the competition she’s faced, and she’s keen to keep things that way. ‘The Lioness’ has demolished champions a laundry list of UFC champions and cemented herself as the GOAT of women’s MMA. So far, the challengers have had little to offer Nunes, and Megan Anderson hopes to be the exception.

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Amanda Nunes comments on Megan Anderson’s size

The Australian fighter in Anderson is an outlier in many respects, as she’s well and truly a featherweight fighter. Unlike some of Nunes’ previous opponents, Anderson, who stands at 6 feet, is perfectly sized for the weight class. Amanda Nunes was asked to chime in on whether the size discrepancy was something to be concerned about.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – MAY 12: Amanda Nunes of Brazil celebrates victory over Raquel Pennington of the United States in their women’s bantamweight bout during the UFC 224 event at Jeunesse Arena on May 12, 2018 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC)

‘The Lioness’ said, “I’m training with training partner that have the same size [as Megan], the same height so that really prepared me for her. So, it has to be a guy because it’s very hard to find girls like that.”

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“I feel like I’m going to be fast, you know. I don’t think she’s going to be able to see when I’m going to do something. Sometimes being too big is not really a good advantage, or might even be. I feel like I’m going to be fast and she’s not going to be able to keep up.”

Nunes’ training with taller men would have helped her gauge the challenges that come about in fighting someone of Anderson’s stature. Furthermore, Megan Anderson knows how to use her physical abilities to her advantage and often stumps her opponent.

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The aforementioned title fight will be fought at the range and Nunes’ will be presented with a unique challenge after a meaningful period. Fans will be intrigued to see if Anderson has the right game plan in the works to topple an all-time great.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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