The women’s featherweight title bout between Amanda Nunes and Megan Anderson will not be happening at UFC 256.
Nunes and Anderson were scheduled to collide on December 12. This would’ve been the second women’s featherweight title defense for “The Lioness.” As plans will be, plans will go awry.
ESPN’s Brett Okamoto is reporting that Nunes vs. Anderson is off the UFC 256 card.
Per sources, Amanda Nunes vs. Megan Anderson title fight at UFC 256 next month is off. More info to @ESPN shortly.
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) November 9, 2020
“Per sources, Amanda Nunes vs. Megan Anderson title fight at UFC 256 next month is off.”
Anderson followed up to imply that the bout postponement is on Nunes’ end.
Wishing Amanda a speedy recovery 🙏🏻UFC are rescheduling the bout for a date early next year.
The goal remains the same 👊🏻 We'll be ready.. https://t.co/APZt4zUkS0
— Megan Anderson (@MeganA_mma) November 9, 2020
“Wishing Amanda a speedy recovery. UFC are rescheduling the bout for a date early next year. The goal remains the same. We’ll be ready.”
This was supposed to be Anderson’s first crack at UFC gold. She earned her title opportunity after back-to-back finishes over Zarah Fairn Dos Santos and Norma Dumont Viana. Anderson submitted Dos Santos in the opening frame, and knocked out Viana in the first round.
Nunes is riding an 11-fight winning streak. She hasn’t suffered a loss since September 27, 2014. Along the way, she has beaten the likes of Cris Cyborg, Valentina Shevchenko, Miesha Tate, Holly Holm, and Germaine de Randamie. She is the first-ever female UFC “champ-champ.” She holds the featherweight and bantamweight gold.
We’ll be sure to update you once more information on the removal of Nunes vs. Anderson from the UFC 256 card becomes available.