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Amanda Nunes knows where the money and the fame is. It's with fighting UFC icon Ronda Rousey.

Nunes said that she wants to fight Rousey for her first defense of the title if the former champion is ready to roll.

"Ronda Rousey," Nunes said when asked who she wants next, according to "But we have a couple of girls in line right now — Julianna Pena, Valentina Shevchenko, and if Ronda's not coming back, I'll take Julianna Pena. It's no problem."

Nunes wiped out Miesha Tate at UFC 200, winning the bantamweight championship. Her victory stunned the world. Tate was a big favorite, after she beat Holly Holm for the title. Holm upset Ronda Rousey last year.

Nunes is confident she can beat the judo queen.

"I've been training jiu-jitsu since I started. Jiu-jitsu and judo both together. I know how to block very well judo throws, I know how to use my hips very well. I know if Ronda Rousey is coming back, I'm going to keep the championship," Nunes said, according to Fox Sports.

Rousey has not made it clear when she plans to return to the Octagon, but UFC President Dana White has said that she will get an immediate title shot whenever she returns.

Nunes apparently doesn't want to make the same mistake Holm and Tate did -- skipping multimillion-dollar paydays to wait for Rousey, and insteady take an interim fight -- and lose the title.

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