De Randamie and Nunes have met twice before with Nunes earning the victory in both of those encounters. The former women’s featherweight champion says she’d immediately retire if she loses a third fight to Nunes.
“If I’m able to and the UFC would say that’s the only shot you ever have to fight Amanda, I’ll take it,” De Randamie said on What The Heck (via Mike Heck of MMA Fighting). “If I get another shot at Amanda and she beats me, I’ll retire right then and there on the spot. I will forever stay second best. If she beats me again, I will retire on the spot. There would be nothing left to do. She’s the only one that beat me fair and square. No problem, she’s the true champion. If the third time I can’t beat her, it is what it is. If she beats me, I will retire with my head held high. I’m second best. She’s the best, but I still believe I can beat her. Every piece of me tells me I can beat her, and I have the utmost respect for the champ. But if she beats me again, that will be the end of my MMA career. I’ve done it all. I’ve seen it all. That just means I can’t beat her.”
De Randamie is ranked no. 1 in the UFC women’s bantamweight division and is coming off of a submission win over Julianna Pena at UFC Fight Island 4. GDR says that her career won’t be defined by whether or not she wins the UFC women’s bantamweight title.
“It’s not like she will end my career, but for what will I have to fight for then,” De Randamie said. “Would I go back and fight four more times to get another shot at the title? No, I’m 36 years old. I want to have a family. I want to have a baby one day. I don’t know if I can go back and fight 10 more girls again to get to the champ. She’s the champ. Then I didn’t beat her. I’m a 10-times, undefeated kickboxing champion, I was the first 145-pound champ, it just means I couldn’t get the 135-pound belt. And that’s okay. I’ve had a beautiful career. There’s nothing to be ashamed of. Nothing.”