Currently occupying the last three places in the top 10 of the women’s bantamweight division of the UFC, the trio of Amanda Nunes, Bethe Correia and Jessica Andrade set the standard for MMA fighters in Brazil, and they are only s ‘improve with each pass fight. But only one of the three – the Nunes ranked eighth – did her show on the road in order to give herself the best chance of becoming a champion. And it was not an easy decision.
“I came here to get better,” said Nunes, who has lived in the United States for the past three years. “I found a good gymnasium to train, a good manager and everything is better in my life. Here there are more shows and you have more opportunities to fight. “
Living in Miami, Florida, where she trains with the MMA Masters team, Nunes left her family in Bahia to pursue her dream of a world title, but even if she is not in Brazil, all that ‘she does is for her family and her country of origin.
“Amanda is very, very close to her family,” said Charles McCarthy, UFC veterinarian and director of Nunes. “For her, the difficulty of leaving the house is really to be far from her family. But she uses this as a way to establish something that she can bring back to her family in Brazil. “
Undefeated in two UFC – TKO first round bouts by Sheila Gaff and Germaine de Randamie – Nunes, 26, seems to be starting to reach the potential that many people saw in her as she tore apart her first opponents. The losses of Alexis Davis and Sarah D’Alelio in 2011 and 2013 slowed the hype a bit, but when she joined the UFC, she looked like the fierce fighter her nickname “Lioness” says. ‘she is.