The former women’s featherweight champion says she turned down a shot to become a two time champion to instead challenge for bantamweight gold.
“She’s right – I declined the fight at 145,” De Randamie said at a UFC 245 pre-fight press conference (via Mike Bohn of MMA Junkie). “I was the 145-pound champion. No one defeated me to take that belt; only the UFC took that belt. I want the 135 belt. It’s the most active weight division. There are a lot of girls at 135, not at 145. I’ve been through a lot of (expletive), so 135 it will be.”
Nunes defeated De Randamie in their first meeting over six years ago, but De Randamie says a lot has changed since then.
“The difference is six years,” De Randamie said. “She was at the beginning of her MMA career or her journey, and same for me. I was more of a kickboxer than a mixed martial artist, but that’s the difference.”
UFC 245 takes place on Saturday, December 14 from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada with Kamaru Usman and Colby Covington headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, with a post-show podcast to follow.