“I think I’m the only one that deserves this in the division right now. I’m putting work in the cage and showing good fights and finishes. This is the best way to show everybody the contender, and I did… It’s cool of Miesha to give me the opportunity. She did it the right way. All the time there’s a rematch, a rematch. The other girls are never going to get the opportunity. If it’s only between Holly Holm, Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate, we are always going to be waiting. I think this is the best way. I got a little bit scared because I knew if Ronda come back, the UFC going to give it to her. But this didn’t happen, so I’m very happy now that I get the title shot. I’m not scared if Ronda comes back. Whatever happens, I’m going to fight.”
-In an interview with MMAJunkie.com, Amanda Nunes argues that she was the right choice for the UFC to book against champion Miesha Tate at UFC 200.
Penick’s Analysis: The case is easy enough to make from a skill and results standpoint, though business wise it still would have made more sense for the UFC to book the rematch with Tate and Holly Holm. Regardless, Nunes is the next deserving in the division beyond that, so it’s a fine fight to make, especially for this event where Tate’s opponent is irrelevant to what the pay-per-view business will be. Should Nunes win, she blows up the landscape for Ronda Rousey’s return, but that’s the risk they’re running.
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