Nunes-de Randamie Targeted for UFC 245
A verbal agreement is in place for two-weight UFC champion Amanda Nunes to defend the UFC women’s bantamweight championship at UFC 245 this December against Germaine de Randamie, per a report from ESPN’s Brett Okamoto.
The UFC has not officially announced the bout, let alone any other matches for the December pay-per-view event.
Nunes, who will be looking for her 10th straight win in this bout, originally won the bantamweight title in July 2016 at UFC 200, where she defeated Miesha Tate. She has since defended the bout four times against Ronda Rousey, Valentina Shevchenko, Raquel Pennington and, most recently at UFC 239, Holly Holm — most of the time winning in dominating fashion.
Between the defenses against Pennington and Holm, Nunes captured the UFC women’s featherweight championship with a 51-second knockout of Cris Cyborg at UFC 232. This made Nunes the first woman (six fighter overall) to win UFC titles in two different weight classes and the first woman (third fighter overall) to hold two UFC titles simultaneously.
Nunes looked to defend the women’s featherweight title in a rematch with Cyborg, but Cyborg was released from the UFC following her win at UFC 240.
De Randamie became the inaugural UFC women’s featherweight champion with a controversial win over Holly Holm at UFC 208. She was, however, stripped for refusing to defend against Cyborg.
Since then, De Randamie has returned to the bantamweight division, defeating Pennington at UFC Denver before a controversial 16-second finish of Aspen Ladd at UFC Sacramento last month.
Original Story: ESPN