The story calls out for Megan Anderson, but the Australian is doing her best not to get caught up in the magnitude of her UFC 259 fight with Amanda Nunes.
After a marathon camp, the featherweight will face the most dominant women’s champion in company history for the 145-pound belt in Las Vegas on Saturday (Sunday in Australia).
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Nunes (20-4) is on a 10-game win streak that has seen her claim and defend both bantamweight and featherweight.
Anderson (11-4) stands in their way at UFC 259, though the Queenslander who now calls Kansas City, Missouri home, doesn’t allow herself to consider what ifs.
“Honestly, I don’t think about [the significance] absolutely. I just focus on myself, I get up, I go to train, I come home, then I go back to training, I come home, I play video games, I watch anime, I go out with my dog and I just focus on myself, “Anderson told Sporting News.
“I try not to think about it too much just because I feel like people get into their heads when they start thinking about it for so long and considering it’s been a seven-month camp, I would have driven myself crazy.”
After putting herself in the title picture with a knockout win over Norma Dumont in February of last year, Anderson was booked to face Nunes at UFC 256 in December before the Brazilian withdrew due to injury.
Now just days away from finally facing the champion, the former Invicta champion admits the long camp has gotten to her.
“I think it’s seven months in total, from the beginning of August when we had the fight until now. It’s been more than half a year, so it seems like a long time,” he added.
“I’m sick of training in general. I don’t like training for a specific person, just the constant routine and not missing a session and not having a lot of freedom to do the things I want to do, I need to focus on training.
“I’m looking forward to finally getting to the last part of the journey. It’s good to finally have all the accumulation of all the training to be able to come to fruition.”
After winning by stoppage in five of her six title fight victories, Nunes has been taken to the judges in her last two bouts.
Possessing a diverse skill set to go with devastating power, the champion presents an intimidating challenge, but Anderson is confident in the work she has done in preparation.
“We have a lot of guys who fight a lot like Amanda,” Anderson said of his team at Glory MMA.
“Very similar builds, very similar abilities, attributes, size and scope, so it hasn’t been difficult to find training partners to replicate that.”
And it’s not just his work in the gym that gives him confidence, with Anderson taking a philosophical approach to camp and fight.
“I know other fighters who are obsessed with seeing pictures or watching all their opponents’ interviews and things like that. That’s not me, I don’t really care,” Anderson said.
“They can say what they want, they can train what they want to train. At the end of the day, we will both get into a cage and the best woman will win.”
UFC 259 will have a strong Anzac flavor, with Kiwi middleweight champion Israel Adesanya coming up to face Jan Blachowicz for the light heavyweight belt, Kai-Kara France taking on Rogerio Bontorin, Carlos Ulberg making his debut against Kennedy Nzechukwu and the Australian welterweight Jake Matthews facing off. out with Sean Brady.
Former middleweight champion Robert Whittaker and current featherweight king Alex Volkanovski are the only Australians to taste UFC gold, an exclusive club Anderson is eager to join.
“It’s a great honor. It’s an elite group. It would mean a lot to join those guys.”
“I have been following their careers for over 10 years. It would be great.”
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.