SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Germaine de Randamie preempted any talk about rematching UFC bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes by stating that she is absolutely not looking past Aspen Ladd, who is her opponent for Saturday’s UFC on ESPN+ 13 headliner.
With dual-champ Nunes (18-4 MMA, 11-1 UFC) coming off a first-round knockout of Holly Holm at UFC 239 last weekend, there’s a lot of focus on de Randamie (8-3 MMA, 5-1 UFC) vs. Ladd (8-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) as the fight which could produce the next women’s bantamweight title challenger.
De Randamie had no time for questions about the belt, though.
“To be honest that’s not something that’s on my mind,” de Randamie told MMA Junkie at UFC on ESPN+ 13 media day on Thursday. “A lot of people have asked me about the title shot as if this fight might be an elimination for the one next for Amanda. Right now I have one obstacle, and that’s Aspen Ladd. I cannot focus or look ahead of Aspen Ladd. That would be very disrespectful and very ignorant for me to do. My focus is absolutely on Aspen, and after Saturday night you can ask me the same question and I’ll have an answer for you.”
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The media can be a pushy bunch, though, and while de Randamie made it clear she doesn’t want to show Ladd disrespect by discussing other fighters, the topic of Nunes is one that’s hard to avoid.
Nunes, the current UFC champ at 135 and 145 pounds, defeated de Randamie by first-round TKO at UFC Fight Night 31 in Nov. 2013. Both women have come a long way since, with “The Lioness” conquering two weight classes while de Randamie had a brief reign with the women’s featherweight belt.
Belts aside, de Randamie couldn’t hide her excitement about the prospect of potentially avenging her loss to Nunes, whether it was a title fight or not.
“Yes, absolutely (things would be different),” de Randamie said. “I believe that’s the fight to make in a way. I’m very explosive, everybody knows that. I like to knock people out, Amanda likes to knock people out. She’s a wrecking machine, she is a true champion. I absolutely respect her, but I would love to face her again. It would be an honor for me to face her again. And even if it’s not a title fight, I would still love to meet her again in the octagon.”
At this point Nunes, the No. 1 women’s pound-for-pound fighter in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie MMA rankings, is looking peerless across two weight classes. No. 12-ranked De Randamie doesn’t see the Brazilian in that light, though, and believes Nunes can be dethroned.
“I agree she’s one of the best fighters, but remember: Everyone is beatable, and as soon as a person comes and beats Amanda Nunes, they are the GOAT,” de Randamie said. “One thing is for sure, at this point right now in the last couple years, she has been the best UFC fighter. Without any doubt. She has proven it over and over again. But she is beatable. Everyone is beatable. So every time when somebody gets beat there’s a new GOAT, right? She’s the champion, she’s a true champion, and she’s an absolute world class. But she is beatable.”
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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