Amanda Nunes suffered her first loss in seven years last Saturday (December 11, 2021) at UFC 269 in Las Vegas, Nevada after she was sent by Julianna Pena during the second round of their women’s bantamweight title fight.
Immediately after the fight, some people complained that “Lioness” touched an inaccessible tight spot rather quickly, indicating that she wanted an escape as she might have been gassed. One man sitting by the cage to watch all the action was Joe Rogan, who was amazed to see that Nunes got tired so quickly.
In his opinion, that is simply inexcusable from a fighter considered by many to be the greatest female MMA fighter of all time.
“For you to be world champion in two divisions and universally recognized as the greatest female fighter of all time, that is Amanda, it is inexplicable that you are so tired in the second round. ,” Rogan said. “The Joe Rogan Experience” podcast (transcribed by MMA Junkie).
Rogan suggested that perhaps Nunes underestimated the kind of pressure Pena would have to bring into the cage with her. After making adjustments in the second half, “Vixen Venezuela” started picking up speed, making Nunes better at attacking serves, causing her nosebleeds and forcing her back.
If Nunes had looked over at Pena, that might have been the main point of her downfall that night.
“The point is, one thing I said at the start of the fight, when they’re getting ready, you have to think about the times when someone has underestimated someone,” Rogan added. “You must never underestimate your opponent. You can’t join a war without worrying. You can’t enter a war with absolute certainty that you will win when others are hungry and scared, because strange things happen when people underestimate others. But f*ck, that’s crazy. ”
Of course, we cannot ignore the fact that Nunes tested positive for COVID-19 in July, which is why their fight in August at UFC 265 was cancelled. There have been cases where the fighter could not return due to breathing and conditioning problems long after the contract and recovered from the virus.
For her part, Nunes has never offered an excuse for defeat, but she has said she plans to accept an immediate rematch when she “Make her fucking together.”
https://www.mmamania.com/2021/12/16/22840411/joe-rogan-amanda-nunes-getting-tired-second-round-ufc-269-inexcusable-espn-mma Joe Rogan: Amanda Nunes’ early fatigue in UFC 269 title fight is ‘inexplicable’