Amanda Nunes
The Lioness

Brazil

Set to retake Octagon in August
BantamweightUFC
April 15, 2021
Nunes will square off against Julianna Pena at UFC 265 on Aug. 7, Brett Okamoto of ESPN.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Nunes is set for her next title defense after dismantling Megan Anderson quickly in her last fight March 6, picking up a submission via armbar just 2:03 into Round 1. The Lioness hasn't lost since March 21 of 2015 and now gets an opponent in Pena who earned the opportunity via the submission of Sara McMann at UFC 257. Nunes stands two inches taller than her opponent while sporting an identical reach and she should enter the contest a major favorite to retain her belt.
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Crushes Megan Anderson to keep belt
BantamweightUFC
March 6, 2021
Nunes successfully defended her UFC Women's Featherweight Championship on Saturday, submitting Megan Anderson via submission (armbar) at 2:03 of Round 1 at UFC 259 in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
You would think there had to be a better option than Anderson, but there legitimately may not have been. Nunes could have entered this fight blindfolded and the result would have been the same. She destroyed Anderson with power shots for the first minute-plus before the latter was forced to the ground, and Nunes nearly ripped her arm off. UFC President Dana White is a smart, smart businessman, and it might be time for him to admit defeat in terms of this division. A conversation between Jon Anik, Joe Rogan and Daniel Cormier on the broadcast tells you all you need to know about the state of affairs at 145 pounds these days. Rogan asked what the rankings were in the division, and Anik stated they don't exist. DC confirmed the fact. As for Nunes, she has won a dozen fights in a row and is the longest tenured champion on the roster at nearly five years. She's the greatest mixed martial artist in women's history by a million miles and is moving up the list of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the history of the sport every time she steps into the Octagon.
Anderson fight re-booked
BantamweightUFC
December 21, 2020
Nunes (undisclosed) will defend her UFC Featherweight Championship against Megan Anderson at UFC 259 on March 6, ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
The matchup was originally scheduled to take place in mid-December, but Nunes withdrew in early-November due to an apparent injury. Nunes will carry an 11-fight winning streak into the match, while Anderson is coming off a pair of first-round victories. Already considered one of the greatest female fighters of all-time, look for Nunes to enter this co-main event matchup as a heavy, heavy betting favorite.
Won't defend title Dec. 12
BantamweightUFC
November 9, 2020
Nunes will no longer be defending her featherweight title against Megan Anderson at UFC 256 on Dec. 12, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
It's unclear exactly what is calling the fight off at this time, though Anderson did hint via her personal Twitter account that Nunes is dealing with some type of injury. For now, however, it seems the December pay-per-view event will be without its original headliner, though the spot will presumably still go to an anticipated matchup between Petr Yan and Aljamain Sterling.
Agreed for Dec. 12 fight
BantamweightUFC
August 21, 2020
Nunes (leg) has agreed to defend her UFC Featherweight Championship against Megan Anderson at UFC 256 in December, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Nunes had been rumored to be potentially considering hanging up the gloves after an incredibly successful run, so her decision to continue on is certainly big news. She also suffered a possible leg injury at UFC 250 that resulted in a six-month suspension from the Nevada Athletic Commission. The fight announcement should serve as confirmation that it's no longer a concern, and Nunes will put her 145-pound belt and 11-fight win streak on the line versus Anderson, who has earned two-first round victories over Zarah Fairn and Norma Dumont in her last two contests. Nunes will give up big marks in the height and reach department to the lanky Anderson, but she'll still enter as a massive betting favorite as the far more experienced combatant. Look for Nunes to use her speed to close that distance, and if all else fails, the poor takedown defense of Anderson has been exploited in the past, and Nunes could look to go in that direction.
Pondering retirement
BantamweightUFC
June 16, 2020
Nunes (leg) admitted Sunday in an interview with Brazilian TV show Esporte Espetacular that she's contemplating retirement from professional fighting. "I've achieved everything I wanted. I'm well, I can go on with my life, maybe a [take] new step, maybe find new talents, help some girls there...maybe be a coach, too," Nunes said. "I'm in a moment that I can retire, you know, and I'm in a moment that I can fight. I'm fine. There's nothing else to be done right now in the division. The Hall of Fame will come, for sure. My life going forward, if I do stop now, the UFC will give me every support I need to continue having my money and work."
ANALYSIS
Nunes has entertained the idea of retiring before, so it's not overly surprising that she's taking time to decide on her future in the sport just over a week after she retained the featherweight belt by defeating Felicia Spencer via unanimous decision at UFC 250 in Las Vegas. At the very least, Nunes isn't expected to fight again in 2020, as she plans to take the remainder of the year off to prepare for the birth of her first daughter. She'll also use the idle period to move past the right leg injury she sustained in the fight with Spencer, which resulted in her receiving a possible six-month medical suspension from the Nevada Athletic Commission.