Amanda Nunes produced an upset victory in some style at UFC Fight Night 73 on Saturday night as she dropped the No.4 ranked Sara McMann with strikes and then tapped her out with a rear-naked choke submission.
It was an impressive display and one that the No.7 ranked bantamweight believes will help pave the way towards an eventual title shot with the sports biggest star, Ronda Rousey.
“I don’t need to talk, I’m going to show,” Nunes stated at the post-fight press conference in Nashville. “We’re going to step in the cage and do my things. My next fight is going to be like this; we’re going to win it, more bonuses, knock people out, submit. For sure, I’m going to have my title shot soon.”
It’s not beyond the realms of possibility that the Brazilian could one day fight for the title, particularly as Rousey’s already defeated most of the other top 10 contenders in the division.
Nunes currently holds a 4-1 record in the UFC, demonstrating the fact that she’s a natural finisher with all four victories coming by way of either strikes or submission in the first round, while her only loss during that period came against recent title contender Cat Zingano.
Up next for Rousey is a third encounter with Miesha Tate, and beyond that there is of course still the hope that the UFC will one day be able to put together the superfight with Invicta FC champion Cris ‘Cyborg’, though who knows if or when that might happen.
Beyond that Holly Holm is the only other fighter that really springs to mind as a suitable contender, but Nunes has more Octagon experience, is ranked higher and is putting on more exciting fights at this moment in time, so if she can get another significant win under her belt before the year is out she may well find herself finding for the title in 2016.