Ketlen Vieira must turn into ‘female type of Jose Aldo’ with UFC identify win over Amanda Nunes
Days faster than her 2d UFC combat in 2017, Ketlen Vieira knowledgeable MMA Fighting she dreamed of changing into the “female type of Jose Aldo”. 5 years later, Vieira is with regards to securing a shot at UFC gold and feels she’s about to turn that dream into truth.
With Amanda Nunes once more on the most efficient of the bantamweight division after a dominant victory over Julianna Peña at UFC 277 this earlier Saturday, Vieira knowledgeable MMA Fighting’s Trocação Franca that she believes she will have to be next in line. A win over “The Lioness,” Vieira discussed, would cement her non-public place throughout the history of the sport, very similar to her teammate Aldo did.
“[Nunes] made history and won against the most efficient, a champion in two divisions,” Vieira discussed. “So, it seems that, if I will win a reputation combat against Amanda Nunes, I’ll be turning a dream into truth and becoming the female type of Jose Aldo. My dream is to turn into champion, without reference to how. I wanna be the female type of Jose Aldo and turn into the main Amazonas-born UFC champion.”
Nunes holds belts throughout the 135-pound and 145-pound divisions throughout the UFC, and it’s no longer however clear what’s next for her after beating Peña. A trilogy bout with flyweight queen Valentina Shevchenko is among the conceivable possible choices, on the other hand Vieira thinks “Bullet” shouldn’t download the danger because of “she out of place to Taila Santos” at UFC 275, Vieira discussed, and “Amanda beat [Shevchenko] two cases already, so it doesn’t make sense.”
Vieira is coming off back-to-back solution wins over Holly Holm and Miesha Tate. She moreover holds victories over the likes of Cat Zingano and Sara McMann, both of whom once challenged Ronda Rousey for the bantamweight throne.
“I certainly not wanted to combat Brazilians, because of there aren’t many of us throughout the UFC, in particular throughout the bantamweight division. Only if it used to be as soon as for the belt,” Vieira discussed. “On the other hand there’s no wrong way, my dream and function will always talk about louder than that. I want to make it clear that I don’t want to combat Amanda, I want to combat for the belt, and not too long ago she’s the champion. I’m no longer inquiring for the rest absurd proper right here, I’ve earned it. I won against two former champions. The only women to take a look at this used to be as soon as Amanda Nunes, so I in truth believe I’m next.”
Vieira discussed that Nunes’ potency throughout the Peña rematch went merely as expected and showed “the Amanda of old-fashioned, with hunger to be champion.” She didn’t, alternatively, believe Nunes’ comments about wanting to transport 5 rounds to finally end up some degree as a substitute of finishing Peña earlier.
“After we’re in there, and I talk about for myself proper right here, I want to end it as soon as conceivable,” Vieira discussed. “For those who don’t do it, you are able to get [finished]. I imagine every athlete goes there wanting that, on the other hand there’s some other athlete in there merely as able as we are, and sometimes it’s going to a decision. Personally, I realized that [Nunes] used to be as soon as afraid of getting tired, or didn’t want to take risks. That’s what I imagine, on the other hand perfect she is conscious about.”
The Nova União skill wishes to face Nunes in Brazil in 2023 and believes she has the very best style to dethrone “The Lioness” when it after all happens.
“‘Dede’ [Pederneiras] always discussed I have a very good recreation to put on a superb combat with Amanda,” she discussed. “I’m large, very similar to her. [Nunes] used to be as soon as two instances as large as Julianna Peña, who didn’t have physically power to grapple in conjunction with her. She used to be as soon as moreover out of place when Nunes switched stances. She didn’t expect that. We will’t be stunned in a combat, we will have to be able for the whole thing.
“[Peña] discussed in her interviews faster than the combat she used to be as soon as ready for the whole thing, on the other hand got so frustrated with Amanda switching stances, she couldn’t even attack. Each time she attacked — and did it recklessly because of she wasn’t used to a southpaw stance — Amanda merely took a step once more and threw the hand, knocking her down every single time. My crew and I have been fascinated with it for a long time.
“Since Amanda is the champion for so long, we’ve always studied her recreation. I believe I’m in a very good 2nd in my career, as a person and athlete. I’m additional mature now.”