Sitting on the high of the sport, Amanda Nunes was primarily on cruise management, defeating the highest ladies throughout the game of blended martial arts. However then Julianna Peña upset her in one of many extra shocking upsets in latest reminiscence.
Peña might have been on high of the world following that victory, which brought about Nunes to think about strolling away, nevertheless it solely served to re-awaken the Lioness within Nunes.
Why Amanda Nunes opted to not retire
Heading into her UFC 289 headlining bantamweight title protection reverse Irene Aldana, Nunes spoke with UFC commentator Jon Anik. She recounted her loss to Peña, her determination to backtrack on retirement, and the renewed vigor with which she approaches the rest of her profession.
Following her UFC 269 loss to Peña, Nunes advised her longtime coach and good friend Din Thomas, “I believe I’m carried out.” Fortunate for her, he advised Nunes to take time to consider it and name him later.
She did and the outcome wasn’t merely that she wouldn’t retire. In actual fact, Nunes says she couldn’t retire figuring out that Peña had the belt. She additionally discovered a method to reinvigorate a profession that had put her into an excessive amount of of a consolation zone.
“I can’t depart my belt with Julianna. And could be any person else, however (not) her,” Nunes recounted. “She doesn’t deserve that belt.”
Surprisingly, that didn’t simply lead Nunes to persevering with her profession, however to additionally shaking up her coaching. Having spent eight years with American High Crew, Nunes realized that she was too comfy. She wanted to search out the starvation that drove her to changing into the UFC’s first feminine dual-division titleholder.
Nunes left American High Crew, creating her personal coaching camp
Nunes talked to her supporters at American High Crew and struck out on her personal, not as a result of ATT wasn’t good for her, however as a result of she wanted a brand new problem, a brand new method to put herself again on the hunt.
“Nothing was unsuitable (at ATT), I simply wish to transfer on, to see what’s there by myself,” Nunes defined.
“We did it collectively, however one thing in my coronary heart, in my thoughts, inform me it’s time to maneuver on. That was the proper time to maneuver on. I obtained again residence and put every part collectively. I used to be out of my consolation zone. That is how I wish to be. I wish to be menace; I wish to be harmful.”
After having gained the UFC bantamweight and featherweight belts, defending each a number of occasions, she felt too comfy. She did that with another person’s group, now it’s time to place all of it on the road and see what she will construct on her personal.
In fact, she’s constructed a group of assist. No fighter does this alone, however now it’s in her purview to make all of it come collectively. And it seems to have labored, as Nunes was in her personal camp forward of recapturing the bantamweight belt from Peña final 12 months at UFC 277.
She’s now in her second camp since leaving ATT, heading into the showdown with Aldana at UFC 289 on June 10 in Vancouver, British Columbia. And by her accounts, it’s going nicely.
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