Amanda Nunes Enters A New Territory

Amanda Nunes

Heading into UFC 250, the disparity in skillset between Amanda Nunes and Felicia Spencer was common knowledge amongst hardcore MMA fans. But as everybody who follows this sport knows, you always have to be prepared for the most unlikely outcome to occur. No matter how much something may seem like a foregone conclusion, you always have to be prepared for the possibility of everything you believed in going completely sideways on a whim.There are rare exceptions to this line of thinking, and as of Saturday night, Amanda Nunes is one of them.

With another effortless domination and destruction of yet another title contender,  Nunes now finds herself in the same territory Anderson Silva and Georges St.Pierre found themselves in during their title reigns. Having fought every single one of the very best the sport has to offer, and leaving all challengers hurt, busted up and with another loss on their record.    

The difference in abilities between Nunes and Spencer was blatant right from the jump. Even when they weren’t engaged and standing across from each other in their stances, the visual had a teacher/student dynamic to it, it looked like an instructor and an inexperienced student sparring . The contest as a whole gave off the vibe of how a black belt in jiu-jitsu handles a white belt when going rounds. With the black belt not being remotely threatened by their opponent, and purposefully not dominating and overwhelming so much to avoid hurting the white belts ego too badly. 

Right from the first moment the fight hit the mat in the first round,  it was instantly recognizable that Nunes could end the fight immediately if she chose to do so. This is when the student/teacher dynamic vibe became very apparent. They were in the position where Spencer had the best chance at being about to be a threat, and Nunes treated the situation as if she didn’t want to embarrass Spencer.

There is no questioning Spencer’s heart, despite being dominated the entire 5 rounds, she never once gave up. Her level of determination and the toughness that allowed her to still come forward is admirable, make no wonder she ended up the headliner of a PPV event. The level of respect for Spencer from the fanbase increased at UFC 250, and rightfully so. But in comparison to Nunes, the skills just aren’t there. Such is the case for 96% of the rest of the roster. The question after this fight is, what is next for Nunes? Assessing the situation from a purely objective standpoint, next up for Nunes is another fighter who is destined to be on the wrong end of a one-sided beating just like everyone else who has fought her in the past 4 years. 

There’s no need to overanalyze or to look for some sort of alternative for Nunes to challenge herself. After fighting every single top female on the planet and conquering them, the reality is the landscape doesn’t have anything to offer Nunes in the way of competition right now. 

Instead of being flabbergasted by the lack of competition for her, let’s enjoy these times of her dominance.  One thing we learned from Anderson Silva and G.S.P’s reign in retrospect, is that during the days when we were in the thick of their runs, their supremacy and the rareness of it was widely taken for granted. So embrace the days of Nunes being the force that she is, because there is going to come a time when they’ll no longer be here, and we will be left looking back with an immense appreciation of the greatness that’s right in front of us today.   

Amanda Nunes is only getting better and the gap between herself and the competition continues to widen. There is no good in getting caught up in the fact that there is nobody out there to challenge her. It’s better to focus on appreciating these days of her mastery, and pay little attention to the fact that there isn’t a viable challenger for her in sight.

 

There is no questioning Spencer’s heart, despite being dominated the entire 5 rounds, she never once gave up. Her level of determination and the toughness that allowed her to still come forward is admirable, make no wonder she ended up the headliner of a PPV event. The level of respect for Spencer from the fanbase increased at UFC 250, and rightfully so. But in comparison to Nunes, the skills just aren’t there. Such is the case for 96% of the rest of the roster. The question after this fight is, what is next for Nunes? Assessing the situation from a purely objective standpoint, next up for Nunes is another fighter who is destined to be on the wrong end of a one-sided beating just like everyone else who has fought her in the past 4 years. 

There’s no need to overanalyze or to look for some sort of alternative for Nunes to challenge herself. After fighting every single top female on the planet and conquering them, the reality is the landscape doesn’t have anything to offer Nunes in the way of competition right now. 

Instead of being flabbergasted by the lack of competition for her, let’s enjoy these times of her dominance.  One thing we learned from Anderson Silva and G.S.P’s reign in retrospect, is that during the days when we were in the thick of their runs, their supremacy and the rareness of it was widely taken for granted. So embrace the days of Nunes being the force that she is, because there is going to come a time when they’ll no longer be here, and we will be left looking back with an immense appreciation of the greatness that’s right in front of us today.   

Amanda Nunes is only getting better and the gap between herself and the competition continues to widen. There is no good in getting caught up in the fact that there is nobody out there to challenge her. It’s better to focus on appreciating these days of her mastery, and pay little attention to the fact that there isn’t a viable challenger for her in sight.

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