Once you easily dominate two divisions over a certain period of time, what else is there for you to do?
That is something that has gone through the mind of UFC Featherweight and Bantamweight Champion Amanda Nunes. Recently, “The Lioness” just beat Felicia Spencer at UFC 250 with ease to retain her UFC Featherweight Title. By doing so, she became the first UFC fighter to defend two titles while still holding onto them. Speaking with Esporte Espetacular, Nunes (20-4) spoke about what the future holds for her.
“Ah, I don’t know, I’ve achieved everything I wanted,” Nunes stated, via MMA Fighting. “I’m well, I can go on with my life, maybe a [take] new step, maybe find new talents, help some girls there…maybe be a coach, too.
“I’m in a moment that I can retire, you know, and I’m in a moment that I can fight. I’m fine. There’s nothing else to be done right now in the division. The Hall of Fame will come, for sure. My life going forward, if I do stop now, the UFC will give me every support I need to continue having my money and work.”
Making her MMA debut in 2008, Nunes joined the UFC in 2013. Following her only loss with the promotion against Cat Zingano, Nunes has gone on an eleven-fight win streak. She has beaten multiple former and current champions, including Ronda Rousey, Holly Holm, Cris Cyborg, Germaine de Randamie, and Valentina Shevchenko. The 32-year-old Nunes holds the record for most wins (12) in women’s UFC history.
It was announced that Nunes could take the rest of 2020 off to focus on her family. She is planning to have a child with partner Nina Ansaroff. The time away could help the bantamweight and featherweight division grow.
The timing of Nunes’ statement is an interesting one, considering recent developments. Several UFC stars have either left the company (Henry Cejudo) or have threatened to leave (Jon Jones, Jorge Masvidal, Conor McGregor). A factor in this is to receive a much more lucrative contract compared to what they are currently receiving. Nunes has also expressed a desire to compete in a boxing bout, with Claressa Shields an option.
UFC President Dana White has not yet commented on the matter. Only time will tell if UFC 250 will be the last dance for the dominant Nunes.