Amanda Nunes
The Lioness


Injury Leg
Est. Return 1/15/2021
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.
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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.
Title fight moved to June
May 5, 2020
Nunes' (19-4-0) featherweight title fight against Felicia Spencer (8-1-0) has officially been moved to June 6 at a to-be-determined location, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
Nunes previously declined a matchup with Spencer at UFC 250 on May 9 due to a lack of prep time leading up to the event, but the 31-year-old apparently feels that she'll be sufficiently ready to defend her title next month. In addition to having no set location for the event, the UFC has yet to determine if the Nunes-Spencer bout will be the main event on the June 6 card.
Won't fight at UFC 250
April 20, 2020
Nunes told Brian Campbell of CBS Sports that she does not intend to defend her featherweight title at UFC 250 on May 9.
Nunes has been listed as a (-485) betting favorite for her first fight since last December, but with the location of UFC 250 uncertain due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it appears the champ is pumping the brakes. Due to these extenuating circumstances, there's no way Nunes would be able to have even a semi-normal fight camp, and it doesn't appear she's willing to step into the Octagon without one. She does still get to work out and train at her home gym of American Top Team in Florida, but it's understandably difficult to lock down sparring partners in a time like this. Nunes still intends to fight later in the year, potentially as early as June.
To defend title at UFC 250
March 5, 2020
Nunes will fight Felicia Spencer at UFC 250 in Sao Paulo on May 9, MMAFighting reports.
Nunes is booked to defend her UFC Women's Featherweight Championship title at UFC 250, and she stands to be a significant favorite for the bout, as per usual. Boasting a plethora of weapons at her disposal and few exploitable weaknesses, in addition to her much-touted punching power, Nunez will look to defend her title once again in May. She'll have additional slight advantages over Spencer in terms of both height and reach.