Nunes Stepping Away from MMA Soon?
In the case of women’s MMA, the year 2016 may have gone down as the year of Amanda Nunes.
Nunes rammed her way through Miesha Tate in the main event of UFC 200 back in July to win the women’s bantamweight championship. Late last month, she obliterated Ronda Rousey, defeating the former longtime in champ in less than 60 seconds to retain the title at UFC 207.
In an interview with ESPN, Nunes said her success against Rousey came in part because she, unlike Rousey, knows how to bounce back from defeat. The current UFC women’s bantamweight champion has won five straight — including two by first-round submission and two by first-round TKO — since losing to Cat Zingano at UFC 178 in late September 2014.
"[Rousey] doesn’t know how to lose," Nunes said. "And then, she don’t know how to come back from that. I’ve lost before, and I’ve come back strong.
"I don’t like losing, of course, nobody [does]. But when you’re strong, and you come back the way I did it, I think you’re going to be a champ forever."
Now, not only does Nunes plan on having the women’s bantamweight belt "forever," but she also looks to challenge the winner of the inaugural UFC women’s featherweight title bout at UFC 208 in Brooklyn, New York, between Holly Holm and Germaine de Radamie.
But despite just making headlines this past year, Nunes, who started professional MMA in 2008, may not be around as long as many might think.
"I don’t know, maybe a couple fights — three, two more," Nunes said. "I want to have a family. Fighting and having a family at the same time is difficult."