UFC 163 fight card primer: Sheila Gaff vs. Amanda Nunes

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

The Bloody Elbow team looks at all 12 fights taking place tonight at UFC 163 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Here, we look at Sheila Gaff vs. Amanda Nunes.

The sole women's bantamweight bout at UFC 163 promises to be a good one, as Sheila Gaff (10-5-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) travels to Brazil to face Amanda Nunes (8-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC) in a battle of two powerful punchers. Nunes is ranked #7 in the official UFC rankings while Gaff is at #10.

Nunes is making her UFC debut after stints in Strikeforce and Invicta, while Gaff is trying to erase the memories of her lopsided debut loss to Sara McMann at UFC 159. The UFC 163 preliminary card airs live on FX at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT before the PPV main card broadcast at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT.

How do these two stack up?

Gaff: 23 years old | 5'5" | 64" reach
Nunes: 25 years old | 5'7" | 69" reach

What have these two done recently?

Gaff: L - Sara McMann (TKO) | W - Jennifer Maia (KO) | W - Aisling Daly (TKO)
Nunes: L - Sarah D'Alelio (UD) | W - Raquel Pa'aluhi (SUB) | L - Alexis Davis (TKO)

How did these two get here?

Gaff has a highly aggressive style that generally trends towards her fights ending inside the first two minutes. One of her quick wins was a 10 second KO of Jennifer Maia at Cage Warriors, which was somewhat controversial given Maia extended her hand to touch gloves at the start of the fight but Gaff chose to throw a right hand instead. It should be pointed out that they touched gloves during the intros. The young German, nicknamed "The German Tank", was quickly derailed by Sara McMann at UFC 159, as she had no answer for Sara's wrestling and ground-and-pound.

Nunes made her Strikeforce debut in 2011, fresh off of 5 straight wins by KO or TKO. The Brazilian's first Strikeforce appearance lasted all of 14 seconds as she knocked out Julia Budd. Her career has stagnated a bit, as she suffered a TKO loss to Alexis Davis, went through an event cancellation, and wound up in Invicta in 2012. Nunes' last fight was a loss to Sarah D'Alelio, her 2nd defeat in 3 fights, so she's not coming into the UFC on a hot streak like she was when she entered Strikeforce.

Why should you care?

This has high potential to be a slugfest, and chances are you'll probably see a KO in this one.

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