Las Vegas, NV — “I feel great, it’s another victory,” strawweight Amanda Lemos told media outlets including Cageside Press following UFC Vegas 45 on Saturday.
Lemos (11-1-1) battled to a split decision win against short notice replacement Angela Hill — a back-and-forth fight that secured Fight of the Night honors in the end.
“It was great for me. It was a very tough fight. I proved to everybody that I can go three rounds and I can keep my pace, keep my composure,” Lemos went on to add. “I wanted to go three rounds, and it was a good fight for me. I proved to everybody that I can go the distance, and I’m looking to move forward.”
She didn’t exactly get the fight she was expecting against Hill, Lemos admitted. “It’s confusing. She came with a different game plan. We were expecting to strike but she came to wrestle, and do the clinch. Got me off-balance a couple of times. We’re prepared for everything, so I was able to adapt, overcome, and got the victory.”
Despite knocking Hill down during the opening round, Lemos wasn’t surprised that the fight was allowed to continue. “She took the shots, but she wasn’t really out. She kept on fighting, kept on moving. It didn’t surprise me, her toughness, so I just kept on fighting.”
Looking ahead to what comes next, Amanda Lemos is hoping to return to action in “February or March,” and has a name or two in mind.
“Nina [Nunes] first, she pulled out of the fight. I still would like to fight that fight,” the #11-ranked Lemos stated. If that doesn’t work out, she’s also interested in a bout with Yan Xiaonan.
Watch the full UFC Vegas 45 post-fight press appearance with Amanda Lemos above. More coverage from the event can be found below.