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Exploring the Strengths and Weaknesses of Amanda Nunes

| December 12, 2020 4:52 am PDT
Amanda Nunes Strengths and Weaknesses

No woman has shone as brightly in mixed martial arts as Amanda Nunes.

The embodiment of what it means to be a fighter, Nunes has crafted a legendary career in the UFC through blood, sweat, and tears.

Although her place in the pantheon of all-time greats is assured, yet we have still yet to see the full extent of what she is capable of. And that alone is a scary thought.

Today, I’m going to break down the strengths and weaknesses of Amanda Nunes. So, strap yourself in for this one.

Key Strengths of Amanda Nunes

It’s going to be so much easier to point out Nunes’ strengths than it will be to highlight weaknesses in her game.

It’s only fair that I’m as honest and objectively in praise and criticism of the Lioness as is possible. But let’s start with the positive parts of the Brazilian’s game.

Striking

When Amanda Nunes hits you, you stay hit.

The legendary champion carries iconic power that seems almost unfair when compared to some of her pillow-fisted contemporaries. This power carries over to more than her punches, however, as I will explain in the next section.

Her striking is based on smart and efficient use of a potent left jab and brutal overhands and hooks with the right. She possesses excellent range management — aided by smart footwork, head movement, a great fight IQ — using chopping leg kicks to work her way into the zone.

Power

Nunes’s absolutely destroyed Cris Cyborg in their UFC featherweight title fight in December 2018.

Cyborg was considered the scariest puncher in the history of women’s MMA, but Nunes stood toe-to-toe with her fellow-Brazilian and blasted her out in just one round. The speed of her shots was a crucial factor in that win, but her power was simply tremendous.

The same can be said for her work in the clinch, where she is unrivaled in women’s MMA. Then, there is the unwavering strength and power that makes her so hard to take down.

Nunes is power.

Grappling

A black belt in BJJ and a brown belt in Judo, Nunes’ grappling skills are no joke.

She managed to overpower the first-ever American woman to win an Olympic silver medal and has outworked countless other fighters who fancied themselves as grapplers.

Due to the success of her striking, we rarely see Nunes’ BJJ in a fight. But there is no question that she is more than capable of hanging with any woman in the sport on the ground.

If it comes to betting on UFC fights featuring Nunes, the most popular markets will typically involve a Nunes KO/TKO. But she has landed some slick submissions over the years, too.

Main Weaknesses of Amanda Nunes

One of the most difficult tasks I’ll be faced with for the foreseeable future is trying to highlight weaknesses in a fighter that looks pretty much unbeatable.

I’m only human, after all. But by that same logic, so is Amanda Nunes. She is mortal, despite her achievements suggesting otherwise. And like all mortal creatures of this earth, some weaknesses can be exploited through an appropriate agent.

Here goes…

Cardio

It’s a little unfair to suggest that Amanda Nunes has a poor gas tank.

But before her first championship win over Miesha Tate in 2016, this was Nunes’ most discernible weakness. She would storm into fights like a berserker, fired-up, furious, and with one aim — to knock her opponent out as soon as she could.

When her opponent could stand up to her attacks and get past the first round, Nunes’ energy would deplete, leaving her vulnerable.

Now, this is something that she has turned around in recent years. But in some of the fights that have gone the distance, she has looked a little shaky at points in the later rounds.

Is this something that can be exploited in the future?

Predictability

It almost seems too silly to suggest that Nunes is predictable when no one has managed to figure her out in years.

But in MMA, predictability is a two-sided coin. Take Khabib Nurmagomedov, for example, who lost a grand total of two rounds in his career and pretty much entered every single fight with the same game plan. Everyone knew what he was going to do, yet no one could stop him.

Nunes’ style is kind of similar. We know she is going to throw that jab-cross combination before pulling back and launching counters. It’s clear that she will look to exploit her strong clinch game in close quarters and pounce immediately on her opponent’s exit. Additionally, her feints, head movement, and footwork are far from revolutionary.

Still, a fighter that can use these strengths against her can beat her. But perhaps that fighter hasn’t emerged yet.

If even UFC President Dana White calls Nunes the G.O.A.T, who is going topple her?

Complacency

Look, it doesn’t matter who you are or what field you excel in. If everything is going swimmingly, complacence is a threat.

Nunes is no different from the actor earning the big bucks in the main roles. Nor the quarterback throwing for over 5000 passing yards in back-to-back seasons. There comes a point when the comfort zone is too easy to fall into. And that’s when complacency kicks in.

Is Nunes complacent right now? It doesn’t seem that she is. But all that could change very quickly.

Regardless, she is a true legend of the UFC.

Final Thoughts on Amanda Nunes

Well, I found it much easier to highlight the key strengths of Amanda Nunes than expose what I consider to be her weaknesses.

In short, she is pretty much the perfect fighter in women’s MMA. Yes, some areas can be exposed by the right fighter. But considering Nunes has beaten every elite mixed martial artist in her era, it’s going to take something very special to part her with her titles.

Nunes is the female G.O.A.T., And that’s the way it will be for a long time.

I hope this helps you when betting on Amanda Nunes fights. The more information you have on a fighter, the better your chances of securing your winning bets.

If you’d like to find out more, I’d strongly suggest spending a little time on our UFC fighters page. There, you will find all the resources you need to pick your MMA betting game up and increase your knowledge of the past, present, and even a little bit of the future, of MMA.

That’s all for now. I’ll leave you with my assessment of other UFC fighters’ strong and weak points.

Adam Haynes
Adam Haynes

Adam is a sports writer and tipster with a strong background in MMA, boxing, and combat sports.

When Adam isn't writing about those, as well as politics, rugby, and Gaelic Games, he can be found working on methods and strategies to beat the bookies.

For his troubles, Adam is a fan of Leinster Rugby, Glasgow Celtic, and trusting the process.

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