UFC 239 Style Showcase: Nunes vs. Holm

Both of these women have been at the top of the women’s bantamweight division for the past 2-3 years now. 

Holly “The Preacher’s Daughter” Holm won the bantamweight title knocking out the once seemingly invincible Ronda Rousey, competed for the featherweight title, and has managed to stay among the top competitors at 135.

Amanda “The Lioness” Nunes has gone on to also knockout Ronda Rousey, but not only that, she also knocked out another woman deemed unstoppable, Cris Cyborg.

Nunes is the double champ at 135 and 145, and she is set to defend her bantamweight title against Holm at UFC 239. Both are very prolific strikers with completely different striking styles and backgrounds.

The Lioness Stalks Her Prey

Amanda Nunes is fresh off her victory over Cris Cyborg, a woman who many considered to be the best female fighter on the planet. After defeating her, Ronda Rousey, and Miesha Tate in such devastating fashion, it is time we start throwing Nunes’ name in the mix.

She has shown with her black-belt level ground game, crisp striking, and immense power that she has, and will continue to be a force to be reckoned with at 135 and 145. She has managed to do this using mainly three things: counter punching, straight punches, and pressure. She stalks her opponents, staying safe with her 1-2 combos, but constantly moving forward.

This wasn’t the case with Cyborg who rushed straight at Nunes, but she still utilized her counter punches and straight punches to secure the finish. She is versatile in all aspects of the game and she has a tall frame for the 135 division, similar to Holm.

In her bouts with Valentina Schevchenko, she was using her pressure to secure clinches and takedowns whenever Valentina would start to get the upper hand. Nunes’ fight IQ will have to be firing at all cylinders to defend her belt. She will have to corner Holm, and slow her down enough for her to land combinations and takedowns.

X-Factor: One Punch Knockout Power

Holm Dances Around The Cage

Holm has been a champion before and she knows what it takes to get there. It shows with how long she’s been at the top of the bantamweight division.

An already established boxer before coming to MMA, Holm uses this deep background in boxing to effortlessly glide around the octagon. She utilizes far more kickboxing techniques now that she’s transitioned, putting together multiple head kick knockouts. She still utilizes her footwork to create angles, for not only her punches, but her kicks too.

The best example of this is her monumental victory over Ronda Rousey. She was the matador and Rousey was the bull. Rousey would rush forward only to find Holm at an angle firing a strike at her. She has to utilize this same strategy to keep Nunes at bay and land her strikes. She also has to prevent Nunes from getting her tied up in the clinch and taking her down.

The difference in experience on the ground is astronomical, and Holm will have to use her kicks and footwork to keep Nunes at distance while she finds her shots.

X-Factor: Footwork

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