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Two-division champion Amanda Nunes: ‘I know I have the capacity’ to win another world title

Two-division world champion Amanda Nunes is already looking towards a third title, but admits she will need time to do it.

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MMA: UFC 232-Cyborg vs Nunes Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Early this week, two-division women’s champion Amanda Nunes broached the topic of retirement. According to the 30-year-old American Top Team fighter, she will likely hang it up after a potential fight against former women’s 135-pound champion Holly Holm, should it be finalized for UFC 237 in May.

Nunes did another interview with ESPN Brasil, where she stated that her own mother is also calling on her to finally retire, after nearly 11 years of professional competition.

”My mother woke up the other day and said, ‘Come here, can you retire now?’ And I said, ‘Mother, if I want to,” Nunes said. “I’ve already achieved what I wanted in the sport, I’m already living a quiet life. ‘ And she replied: ‘That’s good then, right? Let’s retire then. ‘

”And that last fight (against Cyborg) for [my mom] was a [struggle to go through].”

But if it were up to her alone, “The Lionness” would want to chase the UFC women’s flyweight title that is currently in the possession of Valentina Shevchenko, whom she had already defeated twice.

”Every time I wake up, I see the belts, and I think I can get more, collect more,” Nunes said. “I know I have the capacity, so I have this will.

”It’s possible. But I need some time. I need a year to get ready. I’m not afraid, but I need time. If I go down this path I’ll take that belt, but I have to be ready.”

Nunes had also stated that she is not shutting off the possibility to face Cris Cyborg, which she intends to happen in two years’ time.