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Virna Jandiroba wanted Dern rematch, but calls out Nina Nunes after impressive win

Virna Jandiroba has some names on her mind after finishing Kanako Murata at UFC Vegas 29.

Former Invicta FC strawweight champion Virna Jandiroba is glad she scored such a dominant win at UFC Vegas 29. After beating Kanako Murata to a doctor stoppage TKO win, the Brazilian jiu-jitsu specialist already has some names on her mind for her next outings, including a familiar face.

In an interview with Combate, Jandiroba revealed she wanted to rematch the last woman who defeated her in the Octagon: Mackenzie Dern. However, knowing that pairing might not be in her path in the near future, Virna mentioned a more viable opponent: Nina Nunes.

“I was tempted (to call out Dern), but I’ll talk about the rematch later. I hope I can fight a girl in the top 10. We’ve been accepting all the fights the UFC offered us. We don’t pick opponents, but now I’ve been thinking about a girl in the top 10. I thought about Nina Nunes.”

“With all due respect to all the girls in the division, I would like to face better-ranked girls now.” Jandiroba continued. “I want to climb the ladder and be among the best. So Nina is a name I’ve been considering.”

With such a dominant performance Murata, where Jandiroba suffered no damage, the Brazilian expects a quick return to the Octagon. With half a year still to go, Virna expects to fight two more times before 2021 is over.

“I’m willing to fight next week. Just kidding. I’m not hurt, though. I feel fine and I want to do at least two more fights this year. When the UFC calls me, I’ll go. All they have to do is give me a call and I’ll be there.”

Before defeating Murata, Jandiroba had dropped a unanimous decision to Mackenzie Dern, back in December 2020. Prior to the defeat, the 33-year-old was on a two-fight winning streak with submission victories over both Mallory Martin and Felice Herrig. In her Octagon debut, ‘Carcara’ dropped a unanimous decision to former champion Carla Esparza, in April 2019.