Amanda Nunes Test Positive For Covid-19. Title Fight Postponed. Makes Statement.
One of the greatest female fighters and the pound-for-pound number one female fighter in the UFC, Amanda “The Lioness” Nunes will not be able to defend her bantamweight title against Julianna Peña at UFC 265.
According to the reports, Nunes tested positive for covid-19 and the co-main event of the UFC 265 on August 7th is canceled. The new co-main event will be the clash between the legendary former featherweight champion, Jose Aldo and Pedro Munhoz.
The UFC will not find a replacement fighter for Peña, so an interim title bout won’t happen. They are going to reschedule this fight as soon as possible.
The last time Nunes graced the octagon from inside was at UFC 259. She defeated her rival, Megan Anderson via first-round submission, Reverse Triangle Armbar, and defended her featherweight title. The 33-year-old fighter competed 15 times in the UFC and suffered the loss only once. She managed to finish off her opponents 10 times in the UFC.
Pena is ranked 5th in the UFC’s bantamweight division. The last time she fought in the UFC at UFC 257 and defeated Sara McMann via Submission, Rear-Naked Choke in the 3rd round. She has experience of fighting against champion Valentina Shevchenko, which might be useful against Nunes.
(Updated July 29, 2021 at 5:01 PM EDT) Amanda Nunes Issues Statment
We were more than ready for this fight, unfortunately shit happens. Stay tuned for a new date. 🦁 Testei positivo para o COVID 🙄 nova data em breve. @NinaAnsaroff @ConanSilveira @raeganannnunes pic.twitter.com/px31hxhaJZ
— Amanda Nunes (@Amanda_Leoa) July 29, 2021
Even though the title fight is canceled, UFC 265 will be very interesting to watch. Headlining of the event will be Big Bad Boys Clash between Lewis and Gane. They will fight for the interim Heavyweight title and the winner will be the mandatory fight for the newly reigned heavyweight king Francis Ngannou.