History resonates for Megan Anderson, but Australian players are trying their best not to get wrapped up in the magnitude of their UFC 259 fight with Amanda Nunes.
After a marathon camp, Saturday (in Australia) will take on featherweight for the 145-pound belt in Las Vegas on Sunday for the most overweight female champion in company history.
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Nunes (20-4) is on a 10-fight win streak that has seen her claim and defended both the bantamweight and featherweight stripes.
Standing his way in UFC 259 is Anderson (11-4), although the Queenslander who now calls Kansas City, Mo., is not allowed to consider himself WhatsApp in the house.
“Honestly i don't think about it [the significance] at all. I just focus on me, I get up, I go to training, I come home, then I go back to training, I come home, I play video games, I watch anime, I Walk around with my dog and I just focus on me, ”Anderson told Sporting News.
“I try not to think too much about it because I think people get in their heads about S- when they start thinking about it for so long and considering that it's seven It's camp of the month, so I motivate myself. Crazy. “
Putting himself in the title picture with a knockout win over Norma Dumont in February last year, Anderson was booked to face Nunes in December at UFC 256 before withdrawing from Brazil due to injury.
Now before facing Shampoo at the end of just a few days, the former Invicta champion admitted that the long camp had gotten him.
He said, “I think it's seven months since the beginning of August. We've had this fight so far. It's been over half a year, so it seems like it's a long time.” “
“I'm sick of training in general. I don't really like training for a specific person, just don't have a lot of freedom to do the constant grinding and miss a session and do the things I want to do , I need to focus on training.
“I am looking forward to the final part of the journey at the end. In the end it is good to complete all the accumulation of all training.”
After winning through stoppages in five of his six title wins, Nunes was taken to the judges in his last two games.
Determining a diverse skill to go with destructive power, Shampoo presents a frightening challenge, but Anderson believes in the work he has done in preparation.
“We have a lot of people who fight Amanda a lot,” Anderson said of his team at Glory MMA.
“Makes very similar, very similar skills, qualities, size, reach, so it's not hard to find training partners to replicate it.”
And it's not just his work at the gym that convinces him, Anderson takes a philosophical approach to camp and fighting.
“I know other fighters who are obsessed with watching footage or they watch all of their opponent's interviews and stuff like that. It's not just me, I don't really care,” Anderson said.
“They can say whatever they want to say, they can do whatever they want to train. At the end of the day, we are both going into a cage and the best woman comes out on top.”
UFC 259 will have a strong Enzac flavor, with Kiwi middleweight champion Israel Adesania going on to face the heavyweight belt, Kaira-Cara to face France's Rogerio Bontorin, Carlosburg making his debut against Kennedy Nachukwu and Australian welterweight Jake Matthews Have been. With Sean Brady.
Former middleweight winner Robert Whittaker and current winged king Alex Volkanowski are the only Australians to taste UFC Gold, a special club Anderson is keen to join.
“It is a great honor. It is a very elite group. It means there will be a lot to join those people.”
“I've been following her career for 10 years. It would be great.”