Tatiana Suarez not sure Nina Ansaroff gets any UFC 238 advantage training with Amanda Nunes

LOS ANGELES – Tatiana Suarez puts her unblemished MMA record on the line Saturday night, and she’ll do so as one of 2019’s biggest betting favorites.

Suarez (7-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC) is a massive 10-1 favorite in her women’s strawweight bout against Nina Ansaroff (10-5 MMA, 4-2 UFC), which closes out the prelims at UFC 238 at United Center in Chicago. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on ESPN and ESPN+/UFC Fight Pass.

But despite the heavy odds in her favor, Suarez on Monday said she’s not necessarily taking Ansaroff lightly.

“I think she has good range and good attacks – I think she’s a very technical opponent and I look forward to being in the cage with her,” Suarez said at a media lunch in Los Angeles ahead of Saturday’s fight.

Ansaroff is the partner of UFC dual women’s champion Amanda Nunes, who holds titles at both bantamweight and featherweight. But Suarez said she doesn’t presume Ansaroff gets any kind of competitive advantage training with a champion.

After all, Suarez argues, she’s been training with top-level fighters for a long time, herself.

“I remember talking about this not too long ago, and they were saying, ‘Do you think she has an advantage training with the champion?'” Suarez said. “And was like, ‘Ya know what? I think when you’re around success, you learn the tools for success. But I’ve been around successful people and champions my entire life. I’ve developed these tools over time. I don’t need a current champion to know me what a champion needs to do to be a champion.”

Suarez said her advantage in the fight will come from being well-rounded in the fight game more than just having a strong point in any one area.

“My skill really speaks for itself,” Suarez said. “It’s not really the power or anything like that. I wouldn’t say I have more strength than whoever – it’s just my skill level. I’ve been wrestling since I was 3 years old, so I hope I can pull something out that’s really great. I do think I’m strong.

“But I definitely feel like it’s a lot of skill, years of doing it, years of wrestling with different bodies and working with different bodies. I think I just have more experience in that field.”

For more from Suarez, check out the full video above.

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