Amanda Nunes Shuts Down Retirement Talk

Amanda Nunes said she’s far from over with MMA.

Nunes is preparing for her rematch against new bantamweight champion Julianna Pena, which takes place at UFC 277 next Saturday in Dallas, Texas. Nunes said in a recent interview that, no matter the outcome, she still plans to keep on fighting.

“I´ll not stop here,” Nunes said.

“Winning the belt is about continuing to make history, continuing the legacy of fights and more fights, and continuing to break records. I look forward to seeing my future from now on. ‘The Lioness’ is back, for sure.”

Pena shocked the MMA world when she submitted Nunes in the second round seven months ago. That was Nunes’ first loss in eight years, which was to Cat Zingano by third-round knockout/technical knockout.

Since then, Nunes has added new coaches and has even been training at a new gym. She said in the interview that she is much more prepared than the first fight.

“In the first fight I had Covid and soon after I recovered I jumped into the camp with all my energy. I ended up injuring my knee which prevented me from making a correct camp,” Nunes said.

“I trained one day and rested two days because the knee couldn’t move the other day, I pulled it any way I could. And I decided to fight like that, I hadn’t trained 100%. All I needed was to do the rematch with a full camp, like I have now.”

Nunes has six bantamweight and three featherweight title defenses under her belt. She became the only female fighter to hold multiple UFC belts and the only fighter – male or female – to defend both at the same time.

Pena and Nunes have wrapped up coaching against each other in the 30th season of the “The Ultimate Fighter.”

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