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Nunes on UFC 207 Rousey fight: ‘This fight is gonna change my life’

Amanda Nunes celebrates after defeating Miesha Tate during their women's bantamweight championship mixed martial arts bout at UFC 200, Saturday, July 9, 2016, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
(AP Photo/John Locher)

UFC women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes is going to get the chance to test Ronda Rousey in her return bout following a long hiatus, and she could not be more pleased and confident about it.

“I’m 100 percent gonna beat Ronda Rousey — I’m 200 percent,” Nunes told TMZ (transcription via MMA Fighting).

The announcement was made Wednesday morning that Rousey was officially returning to fight again in the UFC, and her first fight back was going to be a shot at the title she lost a little under a year ago, in the main event of UFC 207 on Dec. 30.

“I’m gonna enjoy every single day in this moment of my career,” Nunes said. “It’s the moment I’ve been waiting for, fighting on the big cards like UFC 200. Like I said, I have to defend this belt. It’s a huge show, a huge event.”

Nunes won the title at UFC 200, defeating Miesha Tate in the main event in a one-sided beat-down with her vicious striking.

“I understand everything Ronda Rousey is gonna bring that day,” Nunes said. “I don’t think she’s gonna be able to deal with my striking. She’s gonna be really surprised when I touch her, when I connect on my punches.”

Other fighters like Julianna Pena may say Rousey should not be getting a title shot immediately upon return, but Nunes thinks it is completely in order.

“I think it’s wrong,” Nunes said. “Because she was always the most dominant athlete. I think she really deserves that. I know how I’m gonna beat Ronda Rousey. I’ve been training for Ronda Rousey since my first fight in the UFC.

“This fight is gonna change my life, my career. I hope she’s ready. I know she’s a very tough opponent, but I’m the best in the world.”

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