It’s sad that, when it comes to Friday’s UFC 207, the fact that the female bantamweight champ Amanda Nunes is fighting is almost an afterthought because of Ronda Rousey’s return, but hey, that’s the way life goes. Rousey is the star, and she’ll drive the pay-per-view sales.
Rousey also won’t be doing any press, which means this is the perfect opportunity to absorb some content on Nunes. First up at bat: MMAFighting‘s Brazilian correspondent, Guilherme Cruz. Cruz digs deep and gives us some insight on the champ. Obviously, give the whole piece a read, but here’s a sample:
Amanda Nunes wanted to be a soccer player. Now, she’s at the top of the world for punching other women in the face.
As a little girl from Pojuca, a small town 41 miles away from Salvador — the capital of Bahia, Brazil — Amanda would go to school every day, but studying wasn’t actually her thing. She was addicted to sports, and following in the country’s fascination for soccer was an obvious path. She was good at scoring goals, but she would always get herself in trouble for many reasons.
Amanda was an electric kid and would often get into fights in the streets of Pojuca. Her mother, Ivete, realized that sports would be a good way to get all that energy out of her little girl. Soccer was a good outlet, but capoeira, a traditional fight/dance brought to Brazil by the slaves, and still very popular in Bahia, would be even better.