Amanda Nunes ‘ruined’ Julianna Pena’s first fight: ‘Everything was going so wrong in this camp’

Amanda Nunes is feeling in much better physical shape ahead of her big rematch with Julianna Pena at UFC 277.

Pena shocked the world in December 2021 at UFC 269 with one of the biggest upsets in mixed martial arts (MMA) history. Loaded with the greatest consensus fighter of all time, Nunes, “The Venezuelan Vixen” did the unthinkable and stopped the two-division champion in the second round with a rear-naked choke submission (highlights from the show).

Now, the pair of titleholders will take things back on July 30, 2022 in Dallas, Texas. In preparation, “The Lionness” pointed out that things are looking drastically better.

“My last camp was horrible. Maybe like a 1, 2 [out of 10]“said Nunes one on one. “It was right after I had COVID, my lungs were still pretty bad and I was trying to be able to move on. On top of that, the injuries I had to sustain with my knees. It was mind blowing to see how everything was going so wrong in this camp and it always made it into my head that I wanted to fight.

Despite their first loss since September 2014, Nunes found plenty of positives in the result. In a way, this may end up working as the perfect motivation to bring her back to her dominant ways that fans have grown so accustomed to.

“Everything about this fight was very good for me,” Nunes said. “Of course I lost my belt, I don’t want to lose my belt, but it also takes the pressure off me. For so long I’ve had the belt with me and prepared for big fights and all these things. It’s a lot. For years and years, everything happened so quickly in my life. I’m becoming this, I’m becoming that, it’s a lot to carry yourself like that.

“I was also cleaning up the division,” she concluded. “There was no one there. It’s natural for you to slow down a bit.

In the build up to their rematch, Nunes and Pena trained against each other on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 30. Prior to that, Nunes surprisingly left his longtime gym, American Top Team (ATT), and is now living out of his current gym ahead of UFC 277.

Speculation began to run rampant during Nunes’ long title reign as she cleaned up the 135-pound weight class. Was it near the end for one of the all-time greats to go off into the sunset? Maybe… but maybe not anymore.

“I can’t leave like this. This fight – I pretty much wasted. Nunes said. “So I have to get 100%. If she beats me 100% then fine, but my last fight I wasn’t so I might as well go back, practice, get in that cage again.

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