But now, after only suffering one UFC loss (which was, of course, the first time she fought Nunes), she is firmly focused on capturing the belt this weekend.
Welcome to this live commentary of UFC 213 in Las Vegas, I'm Ayden Hussain and I will be with you right throughout the night in what should be a superb evening.
"I'm mentally ready for everything after that and 100 percent ready for this next one", Nunes said.
Yoel Romero and Robert Whittaker will battle it out on Saturday night with the victor walking away as the new interim middleweight champion, but there's still no guarantee that the next fight will come against 185-pound king Michael Bisping. He is welcoming Gaethje to the UFC in his first fight in the organization.
With Bisping sidelined, Romero (12-1) - a 40-year-old Cuban with an eight-bout winning streak and an eye-popping physique even by MMA standards - will get his first UFC title shot against Whittaker (19-4), a New Zealand-born Australian who has won seven straight bouts.
Shevchenko exposed this flaw in their first fight despite eventually coming out on the wrong side of the decision, coming on strong in the third and final round as Nunes visibly exhausted. She hasn't been taken past the first round since, submitting Tate and knocking out Rousey in the opening rounds of each of her subsequent bouts.
Again, we can likely assume that a few more people are aware of Nunes's existence following her win over Rousey.
That being said, I'm betting the minimum for a reason. I expect a very competitive fight with a lot of back and forth action.
Bisping has always been attached to a fight with former welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre and despite UFC president Dana White saying that matchup is no longer on the table, both competitors are still pushing for it to happen as early as November. In addition, Romero is one of the most decorated wrestlers on the UFC roster, but he's also showcased fearsome power and athleticism.
"I'm feeling great. I'm feeling very strong". No, Nunes faces Valentina Shevchenko, a talented yet unidentifiable challenger in the eyes of much of the sports world. It's a dream come true, and I have to make sure to keep it because I want to make history and maybe one day break records. The prelims will kick off on UFC Fight Pass at 6:30 p.m. ET. Long overdue, Romero will finally compete for "interim" middleweight gold at UFC 213 after going 9-0 in the UFC.