LAS VEGAS – If I didn’t hear it the first time, let Amanda Nunes make it clear to you.
The bantamweight and featherweight women UFC champion is not interested in facing undefeated boxing champion Claressa Shields in the squared circle.
The Octagon, however, is a completely different story.
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Nunes returned the challenge of Germaine De Randamie in a dominant way at UFC 245. However, the story was the presence of Shields, who was shell-shocked and made it clear that he was interested in confronting Nunes to prove who the real bad woman on the planet was. .
“We want to see what happens to Amanda Nunes for the future of boxing and MMA,” Shields told ESPN. According to Nunes, the former is unlikely, but the latter is something that is definitely welcome to try his hand at.
“If he wants to see me, come into my world. I’ll be here,” Nunes said as he asked many questions about a possible showdown with Shields. “I’m an MMA fighter. He wants to see me, I’ll fight the s-t from you and finish with a jiu-jitsu submission.”
Nunes has effectively cleared both the featherweight and bantamweight divisions in recent years with wins over Ronda Rousey, Valentina Shevchenko, Miesha Tate, Holly Holm, Cris Cyborg and De Randamie. With a few viable options left on the table, a potential conflict with Shields is something that fans of the fight are raving about.
Unfortunately, Nunes just doesn’t see the appeal. Despite its immense power, Nunes is framed as a mixed martial artist who does not specialize in a particular field. It turned out to be against De Randamie, where she developed her fight and the jiu-jitsu to lift the Dutch kickboxer.
“I’m an MMA fighter – why does he want to take me out of my sport?” Nunes asked. “If he wants to fight me, come to my world. It doesn’t make sense. I respect him as a boxer, but I’m an MMA fighter. I don’t like to fight (in boxing). I like MMA.”
Nunes also didn’t like the idea of Shields trying to gain MMA skills shortly before Brazil’s contention in a fight. After all, other mixed martial artists have spent years training to stop someone like Nunes. Shields’ idea of getting these skills in such a small window was found humorous by Nunes.
“Six months to learn how to defend a ceasefire?” Nunes asked. “Germaine, six years, didn’t even learn to defend a ceasefire. You saw tonight. Don’t even hear this girl, guys.”
However, money always speaks and if the right amount is offered, a Nunes-Shields battle could reach the heart.
“A million? (I want) more than that.”
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