According to Nunes, there was no bad blood with her now-former team, and the split didn’t necessarily stem from her loss. Instead, it came from a desire to strike out on her own.
“Actually, I always wanted to open a private spot,” Nunes revealed when speaking to media ahead of filming for The Ultimate Fighter Season 30. “I never said I’m going to open a gym to compete against [American Top Team]. That never came out of my mouth.
“But I always wanted to have a little private space for me. Because even at American Top Team, I always did my things separated. I had my time to go, and I had my coaches there waiting for me to help me with my camp. It was always like that.”
The decision to open her own private facility will allow Nunes to do things her way. But she still appreciates the legacy that she built while working at the Florida based facility.
“It was always in my head that one day I might want to have a space,” she said. “I want to see all my teachings on the wall, put up my logo, all those things that a lot of fighters want to do that at some point in their career. I feel like this is the moment for me. I want to go on my own for a little bit.
“American Top Team, together we did amazing things. All the coaches, the gym, the owner Dan Lambert – I feel like we did everything for each other. But now for me, for my head, for now I feel like I should go do what I really want.