Despite losing to Nunes, one thing De Randamie believes is that she exposed Nunes during the course of their fight.
“The biggest lesson I learned about myself is that I have to stick to a game plan and I didn’t really stick to a game plan,” De Randamie said at the UFC Fight Island 4 media day (via Alexander K. Lee of MMA Fighting). “You know, I came in that night to fight and she came in not to lose. I believe honestly I made it easier on her, but I exposed her at the same time and she exposed that I should not be that kickboxer anymore, I should be that MMA fighter. I stood too tall and I learned my lessons, but I’m motivated, I’m here, and we’ll see.”
De Randamie competes for the first time since losing to Nunes this weekend at UFC Fight Island 4, where she faces Julianna Pena.
The fighter also believes that she came close to knocking out Nunes in the second round of their title fight.
“I really rocked her on the feet in the second round,” De Randamie said. “I made it fun in the first round, but I was never in any danger. I had no damage at all even after the fight. I clipped her in the second round and I was like, now I only have to hit her one more time and I’ll knock her out. I was too hungry, I stood straight up just like I did in my kickboxing days, I was able to walk everybody down and knock them out. Unfortunately, she did a better job than me. I did exactly what she wanted me to do and she lay on top of me and made it a very boring fight, but she got the job done.”