Istela Nunes

Brazil

UFC debut rescheduled
StrawweightUFC
July 9, 2021
Nunes will fight Ariane Carnelossi in a strawweight bout at the October 16 UFC event, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
Nunes' UFC debut was originally scheduled for May against Jinh Yu Frey in late July, but visa issues led to the bout being scrapped. Nunes joined the promotion in 2019 but received a two-year suspension for steroids before making her UFC debut. Carnelossi debuted in April and took down Na Liang via TKO.
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UFC debut delayed
StrawweightUFC
May 18, 2021
Nunes (7-1-0, 1 NC) won't face Jinh Yu Frey (10-6-0) in a strawweight fight July 31 at the UFC's event in Las Vegas due to visa issues, Mike Heck of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Frey will remain part of the July 31 card, taking on Ashley Yoder rather than Nunes. The 28-year-old from Brazil may have to wait until August or later before getting the chance to make her UFC debut.
UFC debut on tap
StrawweightUFC
May 11, 2021
Nunes (suspension) is being targeted to face Jinh Yu Frey in a strawweight matchup at UFC Fight Night on July 31, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Nunes was dealt a two-year suspension by the UFC in 2019, but she'll be able to debut with the promotion at the end of July. She'll take on Frey, who dropped her first two fights under the UFC banner but defeated Gloria de Paula via unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night in March. Frey has a slight advantage in height.
Suspended for two years
StrawweightUFC
October 25, 2019
Nunes was suspended by the UFC for two years Friday after testing positive for the steroid stanozolol, Marc Raimondi of ESPN.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Nunes failed a drug test back in August, putting her UFC debut on hold. She now won't be able to fight for the promotion until 2021.
Pulled from UFC Mexico City
StrawweightUFC
August 12, 2019
Nunes was removed from her scheduled matchup against Angela Hill at UFC Mexico City due to a failed drug test, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Nunes was set to make her UFC debut after a successful run under the banner of ONE FC, but that notion will be put on hold for the time being. It's unclear exactly what Nunes tested positive for at this time, or if there is a potential suspension on the way. It is often difficult for younger fighters to dispute this types of suspensions, but more information will be released on the details of her case when provided.
Facing Angela Hill in UFC debut
StrawweightUFC
July 29, 2019
Nunes (7-1-0, 1 NC) is scheduled to face Angela Hill (9-7-0) in a strawweight fight Sept. 21 at UFC Mexico City, Guilherme Cruz and Damon Martin of MMAFighting.com report.
ANALYSIS
Nunes, who finalized a contract with the UFC about a month ago, will make her Octagon debut after previously going 2-1 as a member of the ONE Championship promotion in Asia. The 27-year-old's lone loss came in a title fight against Angela Lee last September.