Amanda Nunes is the greatest female fighter of all time.
This is not an announcement of opinion, nonetheless reasonably an announcement of actuality, one that may legitimately be challenged, not even in proper this second’s world the place of us ignore realities simply because they don’t like them and must think about one factor else to be true.
This is not fake data.
This is an actuality.
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On the eve of Nunes’ return to the Octagon this weekend at UFC 239, the place she’ll defend her bantamweight title in the direction of Holly Holm, the 31-year-old Brazilian stands on the cusp of together with one different astonishing feat to her already record-setting run of success.
The first girls to hold UFC titles in two weight programs concurrently if Nunes dispatches Holm this weekend, she’ll have overwhelmed each one of the three girls to hold the UFC’s bantamweight title sooner than her.
She obtained the belt from Miesha Tate three years in the previous all through International Fight Week when the duo was elevated to the principal event after Jon Jones – who coincidentally headlines this yr’s annual Fourth of July weekend festivities – was compelled off the card at the 11th hour. Five months later and with barely a degree out of her determine in the buildup to the contest, Nunes despatched Ronda Rousey into eternal MMA exile, bringing her extraordinarily publicized return to movement to a halt a mere 48 seconds after it began.
The solely former champion who stays is Holm.
It’s a staggering achievement to consider and one which solely partially highlights merely how dominant the American Top Team marketing consultant has been all through her ongoing four-year, eight-fight worthwhile streak.
To put it into perspective, there have been 4 girls to hold the strawweight title, which was launched two years after the bantamweight ranks broke the gender line in the UFC: Carla Esparza, Joanna Jedrzejczyk, Rose Namajunas, and current champ Jessica Andrade, who obtained the belt two months in the previous at UFC 237 in Rio de Janeiro.
Esparza is 1-1 for her occupation in the direction of her fellow champions, defeating Namajunas to initially declare the title sooner than dropping it to Jedrzejczyk three months and two days later in Dallas.
Jedrzejczyk is 2-2 in bouts in the direction of the completely different titleholders, having bested Esparza and Andrade, nonetheless dropping a pair of fights in the direction of Namajunas, who moreover holds a 2-2 mark in the direction of her fellow 115-pound champions after dropping to Esparza, doubling up on Jedrzejczyk and dropping the belt to Andrade. The current champion is 1-1 in the direction of the group up to now, having not at all shared the cage with Esparza.
Styles make fights and timing are all the items, nonetheless in a lot much less time than the strawweight division has been in existence and its 4 champions have 6-6 in 12 combined fights amongst themselves, Nunes has the potential to go 3-0 in the direction of the girls who sat in the bantamweight throne sooner than her.
No matter the method you try to parse it, the achievement is unparalleled.
But it is solely part of what makes “The Lioness” the undisputed queen of the MMA jungle.
Adding a second title to her assortment remaining December is one different unassailable piece of Nunes’ spectacular resume – an accomplishment that solely two males had managed sooner than her and one have accomplished since.
Conor McGregor’s pioneering victory over Eddie Alvarez to turn into the first “Champ-Champ” in UFC historic previous was revered for the historic achievement it was. When Daniel Cormier adopted go effectively with remaining summer time by claiming the heavyweight title, it sparked new conversations about his place in the pantheon of all-time greats. After changing into a member of the distinctive group merely remaining month by claiming the vacant bantamweight title, Henry Cejudo declared himself to be the “greatest combat athlete of all-time,” and his declare is not without benefit.
Of course, none of them accomplished the feat by taking out a seemingly unstoppable juggernaut the strategy Nunes did remaining December at UFC 235.
Cris Cyborg entered their co-main event pairing on a 13-year unbeaten streak. After dropping her expert debut, the Brazilian wrecking machine had rattled off 21 consecutive bouts without a defeat, the lone blemish her No Contest verdict in the direction of Hiroko Yamanaka in what proved to be her final look beneath the Strikeforce banner.
She had collected 17 of her 20 victories by the use of stoppage, 10 in the first spherical, collectively together with her breakout mauling of Gina Carano and her newest look in the Octagon in the direction of Yana Kunitskaya. None of her fights had been shut, save for possibly her private meeting with Holm, which ended with scores of 49-46, 48-47 and 48-47 nonetheless didn’t actually really feel as tight as these two matching tallies would level out.
Cyborg was a superior favorite and Nunes walked into the Octagon and put it on her.
While Cyborg landed first, Nunes shortly responded, chopping at her lead leg with a powerful kick and following it with a transparent correct hand. When Cyborg pressed forward behind huge hooks, Nunes countered with straight, extremely efficient pictures as much as the heart, staggering her.
Less than 30 seconds later, Nunes linked on a walk-off correct hand that despatched Cyborg crashing to the canvas and the crowd inside The Forum in Inglewood, California into hysterics.
Just in case all that is not pretty ample proof to assist her case as the greatest female fighter of all time, it is additionally worth noting that Nunes moreover holds victories over the first UFC girls’ featherweight champion, Germaine de Randamie, the current Bellator girls’ featherweight champion, Julia Budd, and a pair of wins over the reigning UFC flyweight champion, Valentina Shevchenko, as successfully.
For her occupation, Nunes is 17-4 and enters UFC 239 with a 10-1 doc in the Octagon and a great 5-0 mark in championship fights.
Her standing as the greatest female fighter of all time is not up for debate.
If one thing, the higher question is why wouldn’t she get further consideration as the best pound-for-pound fighter in the sport proper this second?
If the concept of the concept is who would win with all points being equal and we use resumes and talents as a method of creating a hierarchy, shouldn’t Nunes’ unimaginable three-year run and plain combination of vitality, velocity and strategy land her someplace barely under Cormier and Jones, in a gaggle with fighters like Cejudo, Khabib Nurmagomedov and Max Holloway in a battle for third place on the podium?
Even if she falls to the bottom of that grouping and lands in sixth place amongst that assortment of experience, wouldn’t that allow you to know all it is advisable to find out about her standing as the best female fighter of all time?
Nunes’ place at the excessive already feels unimpeachable and a win on Saturday will solely extra strengthen her place.