UFC 245: Nunes vs de Randamie Preview

UFC 245: Nunes vs de Randamie Preview

By Thomas Cathey

Six years ago, a then UFC newcomer Amanda Nunes took on former undefeated kickboxer Germaine de Randamie at UFC: Fight for the Troops 3. Nunes won the bout, stopping de Randamie with a series of elbows in the first round.

Now, both women have earned at least one UFC title and are getting ready to meet in the octagon again for UFC 245 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV.

Nunes-de Randemie II will open a championship triple-header on Saturday night’s card, headlined by Kamaru Usman defending his welterweight crown against Colby Covington, and co-headlined by Max Holloway defending his featherweight title against Alexander Volkanovski.

Since her win over de Randamie in 2013, Nunes has become arguably the greatest female fighter in MMA.

After winning the UFC bantamweight title from Miesha Tate in 2016, Nunes has racked up wins against women’s MMA pioneer Ronda Rousey, current flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko, Raquel Pennington and, in her featherweight debut, a title winning knockout over Cris Cyborg in 2018.

The most recent showing for Nunes was a first round stoppage of former UFC bantamweight champion Holly Holm at UFC 239 in July. The win over Holm was Nunes’ third title defense of her bantamweight championship.

Although de Randamie has also won the UFC women’s featherweight title, she has had a much less stellar career than Nunes. In 2017, de Randamie became the first fighter to hold the female 145-pound title after winning a decision over Holly Holm at UFC 208.

However, de Randamie never defended her title and was stripped due to her unwillingness to fight Cris Cyborg. After an extensive layoff, de Randamie returned to the octagon, winning a unanimous decision over Raquel Pennington in November of 2018.

In her most recent bout, de Randamie stopped rising bantamweight contender Aspen Ladd in the first round with a single right hand at UFC Sacramento in July. The quick win over Ladd established de Randamie as a worthy challenger for Nunes’ belt.

A win for Nunes will further cement her legacy as the greatest female fighter of all time, while a win for de Randamie would give her the second UFC title of her career in her second weight class. If Nunes loses the fight on Saturday, she would still be able to have and defend her title at 145 pounds.

On Friday morning, both Nunes and de Randamie tipped the scale at 134.5 pounds ahead of their championship fight.

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