Amanda Nunes Defeats Covid-19, Wants To Fight Before December
Amanda Nunes is back in the gym and resumed preparation for her next title defense.
Nunes (21-4) was reportedly cleared of Covid-19 and is hoping to fight before December, American Top Team own Dan Lambert said. The Lioness title defense against Julianna Peña was scheduled for UFC 265, but it was delayed after Nunes tested positive for Covid-19.
UFC double champ Amanda Nunes has been cleared of COVID-19 and returned to the gym today, American Top Team owner Dan Lambert told ESPN. Nunes hopes to fight before December, per Lambert. UFC president Dana White maintained Saturday that Julianna Peña would be the challenger.
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When she is fully recovered, she can prepare for the next fight against Peña.
When UFC President Dana White was asked why Nunes could not compete at UFC 265, he said that Nunes couldn’t even train, so they decided to postpone the battle.
Juliana said that if Nunes cannot defend her title by December, UFC should vacate the title or make an interim title fight. But those measures may not be necessary, ESPN reported.
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The last time Nunes defended her bantamweight title was at UFC 245, against Germaine de Randamie in 2019 where she won via unanimous decision. She previously defended her featherweight title twice against Felicia Spencer and Megan Anderson in 2020 and 2021.