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UFC Fight Night 199’s Amanda Lemos explains why she stayed with MMA

Although she almost stepped away from the sport before her UFC debut, Amanda Lemos is going strong and climbing quickly in the strawweight standings.

In back-to-back first-round saves, Lemos will look to end her 2021 campaign with her third win of the year when she takes on Angela Hill on the main card at UFC Fight Night 199.

However, if it weren’t for a short notice call and the support of family and friends, she might not have been in this position today.

“Before I got to the UFC, I told myself I didn’t want to fight anymore,” Lemos told MMA Junkie through a performer on Wednesday’s media day. “I almost quit the sport. Then, on 20 days’ notice, they called me up to fight in the UFC, so I was like, “Okay, let’s go. Then I started to believe in myself and here I am now.

Lemos had more than a year between fights before he got a call from the UFC to make his debut. Meanwhile, she admits there were doubts about continuing her career.

“My family, my friends, my coaches – who are more than my coaches, they are also my friends, they never let me give up,” said Lemos. “They were like, ‘You have to keep going,’ and that’s why I’m here today.”

After relinquishing his UFC debut to Leslie Smith in 2017, Lemos did not compete for more than two years. However, when she returned to action in December 2019, she did so with a vengeance, as she won a first round submission from Miranda Granger. Lemos continued to tear their competition apart with two more first-round wins in their four-game winning streak.

Lemos will be hoping to keep his streak alive and move closer to a title shot with a victory over Hill on Saturday, preferably by save.

Watch the full media day interview with Lemos in the video above.

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