Amanda Nunes’ only focus is locked on UFC 277 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas on Saturday night, where she will seek to avenge her loss to Julianna Pena and reclaim the bantamweight world championship. in the main event.
The “lioness” has scored the guttings of Holly Holm, Cris Cyborg, Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate, to name a few, during her storied career. Finishing off Pena with such pomp would only make Nunes’ lore as the greatest female martial artist of all time even more airtight.
It’s within the confines of the Octagon, of course.
Out of it and in the combat sports field stands a woman who simply goes through the “GWOAT” as in “The Greatest Woman of All Time”. That would be Claressa Shields, the only female or male fighter in boxing history to simultaneously hold two undisputed world championships in two different weight classes (junior middleweight and middleweight).
Nunes and Shields have publicly considered the possibility of facing each other in a super fight one day like Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather Jr. did in August 2017 to much fanfare. However, nothing has materialized so far. Despite being laser focused on Pena and reclaiming the bantamweight title that is rightfully hers, Nunes can’t help but be excited about the possibility of her and Shields meeting in a mega fight in the near future.
“I feel like that would be the biggest (fight) because she’s big at boxing and I’m definitely a hit in MMA, so it’s definitely going to be big,” Nunes told DAZN News during a Zoom conference on Monday afternoon. “I feel like it would get a lot of good feedback from the fans.”
Why wouldn’t it be? Especially if Nunes and Shields are successful in their respective next fights, which carry a similar theme – getting revenge for a heartbreaking loss.
For Nunes, the loss remains fresher with memories of the shocking Dec. 11, 2021 submission loss (rear choke) to Pena feeling like an open wound that she can only close with blunt force.
For Shields, it’s quite different. On September 10 against Savannah Marshall of the O2 in London, Shields will seek revenge for the only loss of his famous career as Marshall edged him out of the amateur ranks in 2012. Shields has vowed to silence Marshall, who believes that she always has the rivalry of her rival. Number.
A Nunes victory on Saturday night followed by a Shields victory in September and perhaps the conversations for a proposed super fight can continue to entertain and maybe even gain some palpable traction.
Nunes understandably feels the need to focus on Pena with this more pressing rematch. But just know that she’s always up for a tilt with Shields.
“Honestly, whatever happens after Saturday…I’m ready to do anything,” Nunes said. “Let’s do it. I hope no matter what.
“But my goal is on Saturday to get my belt back.”