Amanda Nunes
The Lioness


Anderson fight re-booked
December 21, 2020
Nunes (undisclosed) will defend her UFC Featherweight Championship against Megan Anderson at UFC 259 on March 6, ESPN reports.
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.
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Won't defend title Dec. 12
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.
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
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.
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
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."
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.
Possible leg injury at UFC 250
June 10, 2020
Nunes has been suspended a possible six months by the Nevada Athletic Commission pending medical clearance of a right leg injury, reports.
Nunes looked every bit like the greatest female fighter of all-time Saturday, handing Felicia Spencer a thorough beating from bell to bell. Despite the dominant effort, it red flag came up in her medicals that will require her right leg to get X-rays. Should doctors find a break in the tibia/fibula, Nunes would be held out until roughly December.
Easily retains UFC gold
June 6, 2020
Nunes easily retained her UFC Women's Featherweight Championship on Saturday, defeating Felicia Spencer via unanimous decision (50-44, 50-44, 50-45) at UFC 250 in Las Vegas.
Well, that went as expected. The UFC's 145-pound female division is the thinnest in the company by a million miles and the end result is fights like this. Nunes was dominant in all areas of the fight. In addition to her expected advantage on the feet, Amanda looked excellent on the ground. She shrugged off repeated takedown attempts from Spencer and controlled the pace of the bout at every turn. Spencer's toughness was on full display, but Nunes legitimately routed her. The winner of 11 fights in a row, Amanda is probably the top pound-for-pound fighter in the world at this point. There isn't a female featherweight on the roster who can remotely challenge Nunes, and she is going to destroy all these fringe fighters who are put in front of her. It's going to take some sort of "super fight" or unseen, unexpected challenger to give Nunes a legitimate challenge, let alone take one of her belts away. What the UFC is throwing at her now isn't doing the trick and it's arguably hurting Amanda's marketability in the process.