Amanda Nunes Not Opposed To UFC Shutting Down Women’s Featherweight Division
Don’t expect UFC “Champ-Champ” Amanda Nunes to fight for the women’s featherweight division if it’s in danger.
There’s been a lot of chatter surrounding the future of the women’s featherweight division. Nunes holds the gold at featherweight and bantamweight. While “The Lioness” is due for a 145-pound title defense this Saturday night, March 6, there still isn’t an official rankings list for the women’s featherweight division.
Speaking to BT Sport, Nunes said she wouldn’t mind if the UFC decides to close up shop with the women’s featherweight division as long as she is the last titleholder in the weight class (via BJPenn.com).
— UFC on BT Sport (@btsportufc) March 4, 2021
“I feel like after this fight, the UFC should think about what they want to do with the division because I have the belt, the belt is going to be mine forever. This division has to retire with the belt being mine.
“So whatever they want to do after this fight, they can do with the division. I’m okay with it.”
The UFC women’s featherweight division was initially created thanks to Cris Cyborg. After years of dominance outside the UFC, Cyborg was brought into the promotion and made her presence felt. She captured the 145-pound gold and had two successful title defenses. Cyborg was then knocked out by Nunes in 51 seconds.
Nunes has had one successful featherweight title defense. That came in her last bout against Felicia Spencer back in June 2020.
“The Lioness” is widely regarded as the best MMA female fighter. She is riding an 11-fight winning streak. She hasn’t suffered a loss since September 2014.