BREAKING: Amanda Nunes Gets a Return Date- Will Defend Her Title at UFC 269

Published 08/30/2021, 11:38 PM EDT


Amanda Nunes is the only person in the promotion’s history to hold and defend two belts simultaneously. This means that ‘The Lioness’ has to face the best fighters in not one, but two divisions, every time she steps into a UFC octagon. This time around, Nunes is defending her bantamweight title against a challenger who has been desperate to face her. 

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Following her win over Sara McMann, Pena incessantly called out ‘The Lioness’, stating that she was scared. Pena was also extremely critical of Nunes’ absence at bantamweight since December 2019. 

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A fight between Pena and Nunes was initially scheduled for UFC 265 in August. However, a positive COVID test ruled Nunes out of the fight. Hence, the fight between the two women has now been rescheduled for UFC 269 set to take palace on December 11th. The venue for the same is not known at this point in time.

Amanda Nunes vs Julianna Pena- A preview 

Nunes, currently on a 12-fight win streak, has captured belts in two divisions and made multiple defenses of both belts. ‘The Lioness’ has defended her bantamweight belt an impressive five times. 

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Her most recent defense of the bantamweight belt was against Germaine de Randamie at UFC 245 in December 2019. Since then, Nunes has fought twice and has defended her featherweight title both times. Hence, ‘The Lioness’ is in red-hot form going into the fight. 

Julianna Pena, on the other hand, is 3-2 in her last five fights. ‘The Venezuelan Vixen’ succumbed to a loss against Germaine de Randamie in October 2020. She then bounced back with an impressive third-round submission win over Sara McMann.

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As Pena has never been in a position to challenge for the title prior to this, it will be interesting to see how she performs on the biggest stage. She is extremely confident that she can get the job done against a fighter who has not been beaten for over seven years now. 

What do you make of the fight between Julianna Pena and Amanda Nunes? Do you think Pena will be able to overthrow ‘The Lioness’ at UFC 269? Let us know in the comments below!

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Kevin Binoy

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Kevin Binoy is an MMA author at EssentiallySports. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Fergusson College and has been covering sports professionally for over two years. Besides working with the MMA writing team, Kevin is a core member of the organization's web stories team and is responsible for delivering engaging MMA web stories.

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