Dana White: Future Of Women’s Featherweight Division Depends On Amanda Nunes

UFC President Dana White says that he is not very sure about the future of women’s 145lb category because there isn’t a promising talent coming through the ranks in the division.

He said it all comes down to champion Amanda Nunes and if she wants to continue her reign or relinquishes the featherweight belt.

Lately, Nunes, a double champ, has been bouncing between bantamweight and featherweight.

Her last defense of the featherweight title came against Felicia Spencer at UFC 250 where she dominated the Canadian on all grounds whether it was striking or the work on the canvas.

Since then, there hasn’t been much activity going on in the division. The UFC’s official site also never had the official rankings for the women’s 145lb division.

Nunes is set to unify the bantamweight division when she faces Julianna Peña at UFC 269.

Recently, a featherweight bout took place at UFC Vegas 42, which saw the former title contender Felicia Spencer pick up a convincing third-round TKO finish against Leah Letson on the main card.

In the post-fight presser, when asked about the future of the featherweight division, White said he is not sure what lies ahead for this bracket.

“Yeah, I don’t know. It’s gonna depend on what the champ (Nunes) wants to do. It’s gonna depend. We’ve got this fight coming up with her, and we’ll see how that fight plays out, and then we’ll figure out what we’ll do with that division… Yeah, I don’t know,” White said.

These words from the premier have come at the point when the current PFL lightweight champion and Olympic gold medalist Kayla Harrison is exploring new options for herself as she is currently a free agent after she secured a second consecutive PFL title last month.

Many experts have branded Harrison as a genuine challenger to Nunes’s legacy but with the UFC planning to extinct the featherweight division, it seems like the dream matchup will never come to fruition.

But as White said, the double champ herself will share the words regarding the future of the division after her fight on December 11.

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