Gonna rant here for a second cause I think the way Megan reacted to this fight is super interesting.
It's very obvious that Megan was terrified of Amanda (maybe because of how the Spencer fight went) but it was very reminiscent of the story about Michael Spinks not wanting to leave his dressing room to fight Mike Tyson. First she looks like a fucking ghost here but also after Amanda lands a big right, Megan just sort of locks up. Its the most bizarre thing I've seen in a fight, you can actually tell that she has no idea what to do. She stand completely still, eats a leg kick and a few straight shots then shoots for the weakest takedown which starts the sequence which ends the fight. I mean, Amanda is an absolute beast but I have never witnessed someone lose the fight before it began quite like this. Not even Mcgregor in his prime of shit talking has ever psyched an opponent out so hard that they completely shut down mid fight. And the fact that Megan is a Pro fighter? A former Invicta Champion? Someone who has lost a fight before and knows what it's like? I can't imagine what was running through her head or what she must have been telling herself to be so massively psyched out. Absolutely wild to see.
She looks like she could have a panic attack at any moment.
Fear may have played a part but I think it was a rough weight cut. Her eyes look empty and she looks shaky as hell.
The psychology of this is really interesting I agree.
But I don't think she's telling herself anything unusual really. I think this is normal for a fighter who isn't being self delusional and knows they are going to lose. Realistically she knew and just was too self-aware, not good enough at fooling herself, etc. I think she froze because she was just waiting for it to be over. She walked in hoping she would be walking out, no real hope of victory.
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This legit is a panic attack. Her brain is shitting terror and dread all over her, she’s not present outside of her own mind, just trying to stop her body from feeling awful.
I wouldn’t necessarily relate this to the prowess of Nunes, I’m sure that’s a factor contributing to the stress and the anxiety but you do have to consider that she is going into one of the biggest moments in her life. Not only is she attempting to be champion on the biggest fighting show on earth, but she is also walking into a historic moment that could drastically change mma forever by beating the greatest female fighter off all time and the whole world is watching Liz The stakes for her are immense, the competition is also immense.
It’s not the fear of getting beat up that does it. She’s had her share of Beatings. She’s been finished. She’s been hurt worse in training than any fight like most people have had that bad training accident. It’s just the fear of the moment. Going up against the literal greatest of all time in her prime....it’d be like if you saw a young dude just forget how to ply and have a huge brain snap while playing Michael Jordan in his prime....or a goal keeper just fumbling and choking with ronaldo shooting at him. It happens to some people. The only difference is megan freezing up means absorbing a few strikes....but eating a few shots doesn’t bother megan any more than fumbling a ball into the goal would bother a young keeper.
It’s a shame really. People will always call me stupid. But I genuinely think megan could’ve beaten nunes had she performed her best. She had the best chance of anyone
I’m not a fighter but I played at a really high level for my sport. I can tell you there are weird situations that come up and I would assume this is due to a bad weight cut/preparation. I’ll use my example. I never got nervous except for maybe a little butterfly’s for championship stuff but even then it was more because adrenaline pumping and was just trying to tame it. But I have one instance where I was coming back from injury but was rushed out there probably a couple weeks early. First time I felt like I wasn’t ready for what I was about to do. I was heaving during the national anthem. I couldn’t get my body to stop racing. Most unconfident I had ever been. I don’t think that happens without the injury. So I look at something like this and imagine she’s not feeling well and now she has to step into a place where she can get hurt. It just makes the problem way worse. My example isn’t meant to be a comparison btw. I wasn’t stepping into a competition where someone could physically maul me. I was just using it as the mental side of this stuff.
I agree, but I will say I feel a very similar thing happened to Ronda when she faced Amanda. Not sure about the lead up but she clearly didn't want to be fighting her after the first shot landed.
Guess that’s why they call Amanda The Lioness
It looks like someone behind the camera was pointing a gun at her.
She looks like a vampire that needs blood just pale af
Walking to the electric chair.
Monsters ball vibe for sure
Eddie Bravo approved
Why’s everyone picking on Megan today 😭😭😭
It would be interesting seeing her in pfl if they continue to do the women lightweight tournament.
Twisting the dick