Nunes: Rousey's striking not very good, got lucky vs. Alexis Davis


Amanda Nunes is undefeated in the UFC, with wins over Sheila Gaff and Germaine De Randamie. Nunes fights Cat Zingano at UFC 178 on Sept. 27, in a fight where the winner may well get a title shot vs. women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey.

"This is the main thing: After this fight I think the UFC will give me the opportunity," said Nunes to Damon Martin for FOX Sports. "After I beat Cat Zingano in this fight, I want to prove in this fight that I'm ready for Ronda."

And Nunes says she is not impressed with Rousey.

"Her striking's not very good," conceded Nunes, briefly. "She knocked Alexis Davis out because she was lucky. I think she's very good with her Judo throws and everything, but I'm ready for that. After this fight for sure I'll start training for Ronda. If she comes to strike or if she goes on the ground, I can beat Ronda, too."

"I think keeping distance from her and don't give her the opportunity to grab you.  If you punch her very hard, she'll give up. Move back and forth and throw a punch. By the end of the second round, she won't have enough to keep it going and that's my strategy and I'll beat Ronda Rousey."

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judonoob site profile image  

7/24/14 4:49 PM by judonoob

Honda by Harmbar Rd. 1. Viciously and without remorse.

djones site profile image  

7/23/14 5:49 PM by djones

I'm experiencing dejavu???????????? Didnt Phil Davis talk about how he would beat Jones while overlooking his current opponent?.....Hmmmmmm IMO Nunes should focus on Cat

CapnKindBud site profile image  

7/23/14 5:39 PM by CapnKindBud

The correct has been armbarred by CindyO

JustAnotherMMAFan site profile image  

7/23/14 2:32 PM by JustAnotherMMAFan

Ronda's also very, very flexible. As much as Cat Zingano, and more so than anyone else in the division, I think. Crazy hips strength (more than arms strength or legs strength). She's also so dominant, because she got clinch savviness.  I'd say that Sara McMann is up there in terms of strength and, sometimes, speed. She just isn't as explosive and is somewhat more limited as fighter (better striking than Rousey, though). So, Ronda got strength (markedly, middle section strength) + speed + transitions + world class judo + clinch savviness  + flexibility + aggression over pretty much anyone else in the division. The other women in the division can't match that, even when her striking and even her jiu jitsu got quite a few holes.   

Steve4192 site profile image  

7/23/14 10:46 AM by Steve4192

Of course she is stronger than her opponents. That comes with being a lifelong competitive judoka (rather than someone who dabbled in high school sports and/or started training as a hobby) and being on a completely different level in terms of athletic genetics. Ronda's stronger, faster, more agile, more coordinated, and more explosive than anyone else in the weight division. She has a huge physical advantage over everyone she faces by virtue of being a legit world-class athlete. She ragdolled chicks at 145 just like she does at 135. She'd ragdoll chicks at 155 too (already has if you count Charmaine Tweet), and her speed/agility advantage over them would be ludicrous.

jetsteragain site profile image  

7/23/14 10:29 AM by jetsteragain

She obviously has very good skills but I also find she seems stronger than all her opponents, am I the only one that has noticed this.

The Brazilian Flu site profile image  

7/23/14 9:47 AM by The Brazilian Flu

Ah yes. The Phil Davis strategy b

CindyO site profile image  

7/23/14 9:34 AM by CindyO

Hahahaha! This girls gonna talk herself into an ass-whoopin!   Cindy

JustAnotherMMAFan site profile image  

7/23/14 8:08 AM by JustAnotherMMAFan

Oh, I agree wholeheartedly. That and her speed and strength advantage. 

Steve4192 site profile image  

7/23/14 7:14 AM by Steve4192

The thing Rousey has that no one else in WMMA has is an amazing transitional game. I've never seen any woman put together a sequence like that right hook, collar-tie off a missed left hook, knee to the gut, hip toss sequence she pulled off versus Davis. That was like something out of a Fedor highlight reel with how quickly she went from punching to kicking to dumping her opponent on her head. There aren't many male fighters who can chain techniques together like that, much less female fighters.