The women’s bantamweight title holder has allegedly had cardio issues in the past, but coach Everton Bittar Oliveira says that cardio won’t be a problem at UFC 232.
“It will probably be even better because she doesn’t have to suffer cutting weight,” Oliveira said to MMA Fighting. “Weight cutting can hurt an athlete’s performance the next day. Some athletes deal with it better than others. Amanda has evolved drastically in both technical and physical terms, so I don’t see any problems with her fighting five rounds at 145. She proved in Rio de Janeiro that she can fight at a higher pace for five rounds and finish her opponent in the end.”
Nunes has a chance to make UFC history at UFC 232, because a victory over Cyborg will make her the first two division female champion in the promotions history.
Oliveira believes history is going to be made at UFC 232 and Nunes is going to become a double champion.
“She will become a two-division champion,” Oliveira said. “She has been dominating at 135, retired two of the biggest stars at 135, beat Valentina (Shevchenko) twice, so she undoubtedly is the greatest bantamweight in history. Cris is the best featherweight in history, so beating Cris automatically puts Amanda’s name as the greatest of all-time.”
UFC 232 takes place on Saturday, December 29 from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada with Cyborg and Amanda Nunes headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, with a post-show podcast to follow.