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UFC 259: Megan Anderson is not weighed down by the importance of Amanda Nunes’ challenge

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History invites to Megan Anderson, but the Australian does his best not to get carried away by his greatness UFC 259 fight with Amanda Nunes.

After a marathon camp, the featherweight will face the most dominant female champion in company history for the 145-pound belt in Las Vegas on Saturday (Sunday in Australia).

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Nunes (20-4) is on a 10-game winning streak that has seen him claim and defend both the bantamweight and featherweight suspenders.

Anderson (11-4) stands on his way to UFC 259, although the Queenslander who now calls Kansas City, Mo., doesn’t allow himself to consider the assumptions.

“Honestly, I don’t think about [the significance] at all. I just focus on myself, get up, go to workout, go home, then go back to training, go home, play video games, watch anime, I hang out with my dog ​​and just focus on myself, ”Anderson told Sporting News.

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“I try not to think about it too much just because I feel like people get into their heads about s – when they start thinking about it for so long and considering it’s a camp. seven months, I would have driven myself. crazy.”

Having put herself in the title image with a knockout victory over Norma Dumont in February last year, Anderson was booked to face Nunes at UFC 256 in December before. the Brazilian withdrew due to injury.

Now days away from finally facing the champion, former champion Invicta admits the long camp has come to her.

“I think it’s seven months in total, from the beginning of August when we had the fight until now. It’s been over six months, so I feel like it’s been a long time. “, she added.

“I’m just fed up with training in general. I don’t really like training for a particular person, just constant work and not missing a session and not having a lot of freedom to do the things I want to do, I need to focus on training .

“I just can’t wait to finally get to the last part of the trip. It’s nice to finally have all the build-up of all the training that can come to fruition.”

After winning by stoppage in five of his six title fight victories, Nunes has been presented to the judges in his last two fights.

Possessing a diverse skill set to go with devastating power, the Champion presents an intimidating challenge, but Anderson is confident in the work she’s done in preparation.

“We have a lot of guys who fight very similar to Amanda,” Anderson said of his Glory MMA team.

“Very similar builds, skills, attributes, size, range very similar, so it wasn’t hard to find training partners to replicate this at all.”

And it’s not just his gym work that gives him confidence, with Anderson taking a philosophical approach to camp and combat.

“I know other fighters who are obsessed with watching pictures or they watch all their opponent’s interviews and stuff like that. It’s just not me, I don’t care,” Anderson said.

“They can say whatever they want to say, they can train however they want to train. At the end of the day, we’re both going to go into a cage and the best woman wins.”

UFC 259 will have a strong Anzac flavor, with middleweight champion Kiwi Israel Adesanya moving to face Jan Blachowicz for the light heavyweight belt, Kai-Kara France facing Rogerio Bontorin, Carlos Ulberg making his debut against Kennedy Nzechukwu and Australian welterweight Jake Matthews squared. with Sean Brady.

Former middleweight champion Robert Whittaker and current featherweight king Alex Volkanovski are the only Australians to have tasted gold at UFC, an exclusive club Anderson wants to join.

“It’s a great honor. It’s a very elite group. It would mean a lot to join these guys,” she added.

“I’ve been following their career for over 10 years now. That would be very cool.”


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