Amanda Nunes
The Lioness


Will face de Randamine on Dec. 14
August 17, 2019
Nunes will face Germaine de Randamie in a bantamweight matchup at UFC 245 on Dec. 14 in Las Vegas, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
Nunes is currently the champion of the 135- and 145-pound weight classes while coming off her fourth overall title defense in July with a knockout of Holly Holm at UFC 239. Her last six fights have all been with a title on the line, and she's managed to earn a post-fight bonus on four of those occasions. The consensus female GOAT will enter as a sizable favorite against de Randamie, who hasn't been as active but is riding a five-fight winning streak of her own. Nunes will give up a couple inches in height and reach, but is far superior in the striking department in terms of both volume and power. She also has rarely-used grappling in her back pocket, and while her opponent has an 80 percent takedown defense, de Randamie has little offensive wrestling game to speak of.
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Hammers Holly Holm to retain belt
July 6, 2019
Nunes successfully defended her UFC Women's Bantamweight Championship on Saturday, defeating Holly Holm via TKO (strikes) at 4:10 of Round 1 at UFC 239 in Las Vegas.
Nunes is the greatest female fighter in the history of the sport and it's not up for debate. The two-division champion is now riding a nine-fight win streak, and some of her victims in that span include Cris Cyborg, Valentina Shevchenko (twice), Miesha Tate, Ronda Rousey, and of course, Holm. All are either former or current UFC champions. The finish Saturday came when a perfectly placed head kick turned Holm's lights out. We all know about Nunes' punching power, but if she is going to start unloading and connecting with head kicks, there might not be a woman on the planet who can defeat her at bantamweight or featherweight. Nunes is legitimately one of the very best pound-for-pound fighters walking planet earth today. Not that her efforts needed validation here, but the performance also earned her an extra $50,000 in the form of a Performance of the Night bonus.
Next title defense in Vegas
March 28, 2019
Nunes will defend her bantamweight title against Holly Holm at UFC 239 on July 6 in Las Vegas, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
Nunes will return from a recent trip up to 145 pounds, where she knocked out Cris Cyborg in the first round to become the latest two-division champion. She'll now head back to 135 pounds to defend her original belt, though it's worth noting Nunes has had tough cuts there in the past. Assuming everything goes through as planned, she'll draw an opponent in Holm that is a diverse and evasive striker with a kickboxing background. While Nunes will search for her third consecutive finish, Holm has never been knocked out as a professional fighter and trains with some of the best at Jackson-Wink MMA in New Mexico. Both women stand at 5-foot-8 with a reach of 69 inches. The ideal path to victory for Nunes will be a finish, especially considering the upcoming weight cut and past cardio questions. Should Holm wind up on top, it would likely be by outpointing her on the feet en route to a decision.
Two division champ after Round 1 KO victory
December 29, 2018
Nunes defeated Cris Cyborg via KO (punch) at 0:51 of Round 1 at UFC 232 on Saturday in Los Angeles.
Nunes is now a two division UFC champ. She and Cyborg came out swinging from the opening bell. Nunes was too fast for the former featherweight champion and immediately rocked Cyborg. Cyborg kept firing back, but Nunes landed punches over and over. "The Lioness" finally put Cyborg down with a huge right hand and the fight was over.
Superfight confirmed versus Cyborg
August 22, 2018
Nunes (foot) will officially fight Cris Cyborg at UFC 232 on Dec. 29 in Las Vegas, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
Nunes and Cyborg have been working on a fight for quite some time now, though a foot injury has delayed the timing a bit. However, it appears Nunes feels as if she'll be back to full strength by December with plenty of time to train prior to it, so a superfight between the Bantamweight and Featherweight champions has officially been locked in. Nunes is currently on a seven-fight win streak, and has wins against big named opponents such as Miesha Tate and Ronda Rousey. That said, Cyborg will likely be the biggest fight of Nunes' career, as the former is widely considered to be the No. 1 female fighter in the world. Cyborg owns a 20-1 record, while Nunes enters the matchup at 16-4 for her career.
Targeting Cyborg matchup in December
July 20, 2018
Nunes told Ariel Helwani of ESPN that she is unable to face Cris "Cyborg" Justino in September due to a foot injury, but is hopeful for the superfight to go down on Dec. 29.
Nunes has been called out for UFC 228 on Sep. 8, but is unable to fight at that date due to an unspecified foot injury that was suffered in her May victory over Raquel Pennington. She claims to be able to function normally for the most part, but does have some difficulty running and kicking. Instead, Nunes has proposed a December matchup, and claims to still be very interested in the fight. This is going to be the bantamweight champion's toughest test of her professional career, so it's wise for Nunes to hold off if she is anything less than 100 percent.