On Sept. 27 at UFC 178, Brazilian women’s bantamweight contender Amanda Nunes welcomes No. 1 contender Cat Zingano back to the Octagon.
It will be Nunes’ first action since Nov. of last year, and “Lioness” is prepared to make a statement.
Not only does Nunes (9-3), who is unbeaten in the UFC, belive that she can spoil Zingano’s return, but she is confident that she will be able to challenge for the title and defeat women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey.
“I think for sure, 100 percent, I beat Ronda Rousey after this fight with Cat,” Nunes said, via MMAjunkie.com. “We wait for these moments. You can show that you’re prepared for the title only if you get these very big opportunities. I’m ready.”
Nunes has finished all nine of her victories throughout her professional mixed martial arts career, so another dominating performance — especially against a fighter of Zingano’s caliber — is something that could immediately put her in contention at 135-pounds.
Whether or not Nunes would get a title shot over someone like Holly Holm or Gina Carano, who is expected to be signed in the coming weeks, remains to be seen, but she would certainly be deserving of a shot in a division short on notable challengers.
UFC 178 will take place in Las Vegas. The event is headlined by a rematch between Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson for the UFC light heavyweight championship.