The lioness had to set her traps better, laughed the queen. A rival caused a crater on her forehead

31. 7. 2022

Author: Ondřej Huml

The great battle was won by the Lioness (left)PHOTO: UFC

She vowed revenge. That he weaves his way back to the top in the cage. And that’s exactly what happened. The Brazilian legend Amanda Nunes easily managed the rematch with the American Julianna Pena and took back what belongs to her, the belt of the bantamweight champion. At UFC 277, she won by points, but she had a clear dominance in the cage.

It was one of the biggest surprises in the history of this show, when in December of last year, Peňa was able to overpower the famous Brazilian. She lost for the first time since 2014 and lost her throne, but she took revenge as a matter of honor. She knew she couldn’t hesitate a second time. And she proceeded to fight accordingly.

“Honestly, when the lioness didn’t get her prey the first time, I knew I could do it the second time. I just had to set my traps better,” smiled Nunes, who decided to make a radical change after last year’s defeat. She left her second home, i.e. the walls of the famous American Top Team, where she began to turn from a predator into a hunted animal. Training with competitors who wanted more than anything to dethrone her was not for her.

“The best thing I could have ever done was to build my own gym. In short, a facility where I feel safe. Thanks to it, I can constantly grow and develop my skills. I should have beaten Julianna the first time, but I wasn’t yet ready. Today I am and it’s the best day of my life,” said Nunes, who was in full control of the rematch.

He once again holds two belts in the UFC and now plans to rest at least for a while. “Let me sit in peace when I return home to Brazil. Because of the pandemic, I haven’t seen my family for maybe three years. I need a little rest. Let the lioness breathe, she will come back again,” said Nunes, who holds the belt in addition to the bantamweight and featherweights.

However, she has virtually no competition there, so realistically it looks more like her third dance with an American. But now she will have a little different worries for a while. Right after the match, she went into the hands of plastic surgeons who will try to fix the holes in her forehead. Actually, more like a proper crater…

“She lost a big chunk of her forehead in the battle. It’s going to take a while to heal, especially after such a clear defeat. She’s hurt, she needs to heal and spend some time with her daughter. Then we’ll figure something out. Julianna is tough as nails , her will to win is number one. But today was a debacle for her. Tonight belonged to Nunes,” MMA Junkie quoted UFC boss Dana White as saying.



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