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Amanda Ribas feels that Amanda Nunes can defeat Julianna Pena in rematch

LockerRoom Team
29 December 2021

The UFC Bantamweight title win of Julianna Pena is something that shocked the entire world. Pena submitted Amanda Nunes at UFC 269 to secure the title and the win was quickly categorized as one of the biggest upsets in UFC.

A lot of MMA fighters have voiced their opinion on Pena’s win and the latest name to do so is Amanda Ribas. Ribas opened up about the fight between Nunes and Pena during her recent interview with MMA Fighting’s Portuguese-language podcast Trocação Franca.

“Maybe she [Amanda Nunes] had sinusitis and nobody knew. Imagine getting punched in the face and when you see it, wow. Nobody knows. Maybe she didn’t recover well from her weight cut. I haven’t spoken with her so I don’t know. Nobody knows what happened that day. In my opinion, I thought she looked a little, I don’t know, kind of the same way I was in my fight with Marina [Rodriguez]. I was fine, I was prepared, but [wasn’t 100 percent there]. And sometimes the Venezuelan was more active, wanted it more,” Ribas said.

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She further went on to add that Amanda Nunes can reclaim the title in the rematch.

“Maybe she’ll accept the loss better than me, as a fan. But nobody knows how she was [feeling] that day. Maybe she didn’t perform that day. Nobody knows what’s going on. It was sad, but I know she’ll bounce back. She’s still the [featherweight] champion. She’s only lost one belt and I’m sure she will reclaim it. [Peña] said she’ll give her an immediate rematch, and I can’t wait for it,” she added.

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What are your thoughts on the comments from Amanda Ribas and how do you think the rematch between Nunes and Pena will turn out to be? Let us know in the comment section of the article below.

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