Despite the loss suffered by Julianna Peña in December of last year, Amanda Nunes entered the UFC 277 octagon as a favorite on the betting exchanges in the USA. And the gamblers’ optimism had a reason. The greatest fighter in the event’s history, Leoa has demonstrated in recent years that she has more game than her opponents, both in the bantamweight and featherweight divisions. So it was only a matter of time for her to prove that, once she was at her peak, the chance of another setback would be minimal.
And that’s where the questions started. Dana White, president of the show, stated shortly after the first duel between them that Amanda might not have had her motivation up to date, since, now rich, she had only been married for a few years and had a family. Without as much of their focus on training, not even the most talented of athletes can stay at the top for long in a competitive world like the UFC.
But the most important step towards change, which ultimately silenced his critics, was taken earlier this year: the revamp of his camp. For the first time in her career, Lioness has assembled her own team to work exclusively for her. With the attention of all the coaches and the single goal of beating Julianna Peña, focus would no longer be the problem. No sooner said than done.
With the result, and especially with the performance presented during the five rounds played, Amanda Nunes proved that she learned important lessons from the defeat suffered in December and, like every great athlete in delicate moments, evolved. Therefore, fans of the athlete and promoters of the show breathe a sigh of relief, who feared with a possible retirement of the champion in case of a new setback in front of the rival.
The next step will be taken by the champion. Owner of two UFC belts, the Lioness proved that she has the fire inside her to keep competing, while she made it clear that if she wants to stop, she will do so at the peak of her form and by choice. the world of MMA needed this answer – your critics can sleep in peace.