In 2010, women’s mixed martial arts continued to be considered an innovation. The women’s fights were personally not grata in the UFC as President Dana White saw no value.
Amanda Nunes had five fights in her career, competing with a 4-1 record. It was a good start that had the potential to be a blooming career. But then things went smoothly for the Brazilian as it went 3-2 from February 2010 to January 2013. Nunes seemed to get a new lease of life when the UFC implemented women’s MMA in early 2013.
Things started well as he went 2-0 with two breaks. People have thought Nunes could be a potential challenger for then-bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey. A victory over Cat Zingano at UFC 178 in September 2013 would have sealed the deal. After leading the race with one round to go, Nunes faded badly in the third round and lost to TKO, and the title shot instead went to Zingano.
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Nunes knew he had to change something, or the search for the best would be nothing but talk. She has changed her game and has not lost since, winning nine consecutive battles with seven coming in the distance.
Nine wins are not just against everyone. In those seven fights, he defeated current Nunes flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko (twice), capturing the bantamweight title by Miesha Tate, blowing through Rousey in 48 seconds, Raquel Pennington, a former bantamweight titleholder and wife Terrorist Rousey, Holly Holm and then finishing in the 21-race winning streak of MMA men felt was the best female fighter on the planet, Cris Cyborg in just 51 seconds to win the women’s featherweight title and become the first woman in the UFC and only the third combatants The history of UFC (Conor McGregor and Daniel Cormier) to hold two belts simultaneously.
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These dominant appearances in the 2010s have seen Nunes go from an unknown commodity to the best female fighter in the world and quite arguably the greatest female competitor of all time.
And for these achievements, Amanda Nunes is the MMA athlete of Sporting News of the decade.
The cursor: Cris Cyborg and Ronda Rousey.
With the numbers
– Nunes went 13-3
– Nunes won the UFC women’s bantamweight title by Miesha Tate at the UFC 200 in July 2016. She has made four defenses of the title. Nunes is also the current women’s featherweight champion after Cris Cyborg’s victory at UFC 232 in December 2018.
What they say:
– Nunes is the greatest of all time: “I’m the greatest of all time. I beat the most dominant woman on the planet. I feel I deserve it now. “
– UFC President Dana White at TMZ Sports: “Yes (Nunes is the biggest female fighter) He is the best, we said he would go to this fight; the one with the 135 and 145 lb bands would be the best ever the winner of this fight would be the best ever.
“Everyone who wins two belts — the whole champ-champ thing is real, he won two belts, Cyborg, the most awesome fighter out there, went in and made it look easy.”
– Miesha Tate for Nunes »Impressive:” Her simple jab feels like a right hand, and then her right hand feels like you were hit by a truck. We didn’t even know where I was half that race. “
– American Top Team Owner (Where Nunes Trains) Dan Lambert: “There is no conversation that has to have who is the best female fighter of all time. Now, it’s about how high this bar is going to be,” he said. . “As far as only the greatest fighter of all time, not even women, knocks on that door. The defense of both zones will add to that. I don’t see anyone defeating Amanda right now.”
Next decade belongs to: Maycee Barber
Going into the next decade, the list of female talent is as deep as ever. But the one that stands out from the head and shoulders above the rest is Maycee Barber.
Since becoming a pro in June 2017, Barber is 8-0, with seven of those wins coming to a halt, including the last three in the UFC. The 21-year-old from Colorado has taken the MMA world by storm in an amazing way to combine her ability in the octagon to be able to talk steaks, which is very much missing not only on the women side but also in the sport. of their male counterparts.
How good will it be? Who knows, but controls all the boxes as the next big thing.