Amanda Nunes became the first female two division champion in UFC history when she defeated Cyborg to win the UFC Women’s Featherweight Title in the co-main event of UFC 232.
Conan Silveira is one of Nunes’ coaches at American Top Team (ATT) and he knew that there was no way that Nunes was losing at the event.
“I knew that we were leaving that night with the belt,” Silveira said on The MMA Hour. “We had the strategy, she was really well-trained for any situation the fight would [bring]. What happened was, Amanda is extremely dangerous when she sees an opening and I think it was a big mistake from Cyborg to try and exchange with her. [Amanda] is very precise and she has extremely heavy hands and that’s the way the fight finished—Amanda knocking her out.”
Nunes, with the win, would join Erica Paes as the only two fighters to defeat Cyborg in her thirteen-plus year professional MMA career.
Silveira says one major reason that Nunes defeated Cyborg was that she hits just like a man does.
“Amanda doesn’t have any girl training partners, she only has male training partners. It’s not every fighter that trains with her, some of the guys don’t like to train with her because she hits hard. I think that’s pretty much a good explanation for her: she hits like a man,” he said.
It could be a while before a potential rematch happens with Cyborg, as Nunes recently stated that it could be around two years before the fighters clash again.