UFC commentator Jon Anik virtually begged Amanda Nunes to call out champ Ronda Rousey after she demolished Sara McMann. But Nunes passed on the chance her win at UFC Fight Night: Saint Preux vs. Teixeira gave her.
"I don't need to talk. I'm going to show. We're going to step in the cage and do my things. My next fight is going to be like this; we're going to win it, more bonuses, knock people out, submit. For sure, I'm going to have my title shot soon," she elaborated at the UFC Fight Night Nashville post-fight press conference.
Nunes, whose only loss in the UFC came to former title Cat Zingano, may be correct in her quiet confidence. The blend of skills she showed against McMann might make her the biggest threat to Rousey's title currently in the UFC women's bantamweight division.
She showed sharp and skillful striking on the feet and reversed the Olympic wrestler on a take down attempt. Once Nunes was on top of McMann the destruction was as methodical as it was inevitable.
Rousey has been fearsome thus far in her title run but she's mostly faced opponents who swung wildly in a desperate attempt to score a knock out before being taken down and submitted. Nunes' jiu jitsu skills may give her the confidence to use a more controlled striking game against Rousey.
It's all ifs and buts until they meet in the cage but Nunes' emergence as a contender does give fight fans some intriguing possibilities to think about.