The return of Amanda Nunes to the octagon promises more excitement than initially expected.
Nunes, the reigning champion of two UFC women’s divisions, was originally set to fight in a trilogy bout against Julianna Peña in the upcoming UFC 289 main event this Saturday.
However, due to a rib injury that sidelined Peña, Irene Aldana from Mexico agreed to step in as her replacement.
With a fighting record of 22-5 in MMA and 15-2 in UFC, Nunes radiates confidence about her chances in the upcoming fight.
Despite acknowledging that the switch to Aldana (14-6 MMA, 7-4 UFC) has set her up against a stronger opponent, she remains undeterred.
“Honestly, I will stop her. No doubt in my mind,” Nunes proclaimed at the UFC 289 pre-fight press conference on Thursday. “This belt is Brazilian. This belt is mine. I’m completely ready for this fight.
“She’s a better fighter than Julianna, for sure. She’s going to bring the challenge, and I’m ready for this battle. I’m more ready than ever. She’s going to bring the challenge, and I’m going to be ready to answer it. You guys have a great main event.”
UFC 289 will take place at Rogers Arena this Saturday, with the main card being broadcasted on pay-per-view after preliminaries on ESPN and ESPN+.
Nunes sees the change as not only a personal challenge but also an opportunity for an exciting contest for the fans.
She perceives Aldana as a formidable adversary who brings a thrilling element to the fight.
“Definitely, this girl can knock people out,” Nunes remarked. “You guys saw (and) me too. How exciting that can be? We’re going to punch each other and try to kick each other’s ass. I hope you guys have a good time.”