ByElias Cepeda, writer at
Elias Cepeda

Guilherme Cruz's new feature profile on UFC bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes is a must read. The story takes us through the fighting life of "The Lioness" in vivid detail and helps fight fans really get to know the UFC 207 headliner.

One of the cooler biographical elements we get from the piece is that #AmandaNunes comes from a fighting family. Not only was an uncle of hers a "Vale Tudo" ("Everything goes" fighting, which was the forerunner to modern MMA) fighter, but Amanda's mother was also a boxer who cornered the uncle during bouts.

As a fighter, Nunes' mother is qualified to give her daughter advice. According to the Brazilian champ, she does indeed get tactical advice from her mom, and it is pretty much the same every time - Be first, be aggressive.

"'The first strike has to be yours,'" Nunes quotes her mother as advising.

"'She can’t touch you before you touch her. You have to intimidate her.’"

Nunes defends her championship against returning former title-holder, Ronda Rousey, on Friday in the UFC 207 pay-per-view main event. #RouseyRousey and her own fighting mother seem to have a similar bullying approach to competing, so this brawl should be a real clash of juggernauts.


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