After a marathon camp, the featherweight will take on the most dominant female champ in company history for the 145-pound belt in Las Vegas on Saturday (Sunday in Australia).
Nunes (20-4) is on a 10-fight win streak that has seen her claim and defend both the bantamweight and featherweight straps.
Standing in her way at UFC 259 is Anderson (11-4), though the Queenslander who now calls Kansas City, Mo., home isn’t allowing herself to consider the what-ifs.
“Honestly I don’t think about [the significance] at all. I just focus on me, I get up, I go to training, I come home, then I go back to training, I come home, I play video games, I watch anime, I hang out with my dog and I just focus on me,” Anderson told Sporting News.
“I try not to think too much about it just because I feel like people get in their heads about s— when they start thinking about it for such a long time and considering it has been a seven-month camp, I would have driven myself crazy.”
Having put herself in the title picture with a knockout win over Norma Dumont in February last year, Anderson was booked to face Nunes at UFC 256 in December before the Brazilian withdrew because of injury.
Now just days away from finally facing the champ, the former Invicta champion admits the long camp has gotten to her.
“I think it’s seven months in total, from the start of August when we got the fight until now. It’s been over half a year, so it feels like it’s been a long time,” she added.
“I’m just sick of training in general. I don’t really like training for a specific person, just the constant grind and not missing a session and not having a lot of freedom to do things that I want to do, I need to focus on training.
“I’m just looking forward to finally getting to the last part of the journey. It’s nice to finally have all the accumulation of all the training be able to come to fruition.”
After winning via stoppage in five of her six title-fight victories, Nunes has been taken to the judges in her past two bouts.
Possessing a diverse skill set to go with devastating power, the champ presents an intimidating challenge, but Anderson is confident in the work she has done in preparation.
“We have a lot of guys that fight very similar to Amanda,” Anderson said of her team at Glory MMA.
“Very similar builds, very similar skills, attributes, size, reach, so it hasn’t been hard to find training partners to replicate that at all.”
And it’s not just her work in the gym giving her confidence, with Anderson taking a philosophical approach to the camp and the fight.
“I know other fighters that obsess over watching footage or they watch all of their opponent’s interviews and stuff like that. That’s just not me, I don’t really care,” Anderson said.
“They can say whatever they want to say, they can train whatever they want to train. At the end of the day, the two of us are going to get into a cage and the best woman comes out on top.”
UFC 259 will have a strong Anzac flavor, with Kiwi middleweight champion Israel Adesanya moving up to take on Jan Blachowicz for the light heavyweight belt, Kai-Kara France facing Rogerio Bontorin, Carlos Ulberg making his debut against Kennedy Nzechukwu and Aussie welterweight Jake Matthews squaring off with Sean Brady.
Former middleweight champ Robert Whittaker and current featherweight king Alex Volkanovski are the only Aussies to taste UFC gold, an exclusive club Anderson is keen to join.
“It’s a big honor. It’s a very elite group. It would mean a lot to join those guys,” she added.
“I’ve been following their careers for over 10 years now. It’d be very cool.”