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Amanda Nunes gets brutally honest on Julianna Pena at UFC 269

Amanda Nunes, Julianna Pena, UFC 269

Amanda Nunes and Julianna Pena are not exactly friends heading into UFC 269. The two have been going back and forth for weeks heading into the fight on Saturday.

Amanda Nunes is not worried about Julianna Pena. She thinks the challenger is ‘delusional’ and was quick to remind her of her past failures.

“She’s delusional,” Nunes told MMA Junkie at Wednesday’s UFC 269 media day. “What about her best fiend, Miesha Tate? What about Sara McMann? Sara McMann almost beat her. Sara McMann give up in the fight. If she didn’t give up, she would’ve beat Julianna. I beat Sara McMann years ago. I feel like she can talk about whatever she wants. She has to do that to bring all the attention. I’m going to tell her she can have all the attention she wants, because Saturday is my night. Nobody is going to take that belt from me.

“She has all the holes, so I can finish her on the floor. Germaine (de Randamie) finished her. Germaine is a striker and finished Julianna Pena. My game is above all those girls she fought. I just need a mistake from her on the striking or on the floor.”

Trash talk or not, Amanda Nunes still has respect for her opponent heading into UFC 269. Anyone can be dangerous on any given night.

“Inside the cage everyone becomes dangerous,” Nunes said. “She has nothing to lose. I have to really be ready for everything. She’s definitely dangerous. She’s a very good fighter. She never fight a lioness before.”

Amanda Nunes defends the women’s bantamweight title on Saturday against Julianna Pena. The bout will be the first bantamweight title defense in years.