Amanda Nunes Announces Big News – Will Change Weight Class After UFC 259

Published 03/03/2021, 7:44 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 14: Amanda Nunes of Brazil celebrates in the octagon at the end of the round during the UFC 245 event at T-Mobile Arena on December 14, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


UFC women’s bantamweight and featherweight champion of the world, Amanda Nunes, sat down in an interview with TSN to discuss her upcoming fight against Megan Anderson at UFC 259.

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The interviewer asked Nunes if she was going back to 135 pounds after this title defense, and ‘The Lioness’ said, “Yeah, then I go back for sure.”

She talked about her future in the interview and also mentioned the possibility of retirement. However, the chat mainly focused on the changes in her life after the birth of her daughter. Raegan Ann Nunes was born on September 24th, 2020, shortly after Amanda’s victory over Felicia Spencer at UFC 250.

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Nunes also talked about the challenge that Julianna Pena might pose to her after she called her out. “You’re not a rival, but it is what it is,” she said.

Amanda also added that Pena needed to make more noise if she wants to fight for the belt. “She’s right, you know, if she wants to fight me she needs to make noises. Now she has a fight coming up, so let’s see how it goes,” she said.

Furthermore, Nunes mentioned that Pena has a fight coming up in the future against Holly Holm, and if she wins that fight, she’ll see what she can do.

Amanda Nunes: The greatest women’s fighter of all time

Nunes is set to fight at UFC 259 against Megan Anderson at 145 pounds. Her last fight against Spencer was at featherweight, too, so a move back to bantamweight makes sense. However, she has cleaned up the entire division and has beaten all the major competitors to her belt.

At UFC 250, she overpowered Spencer in every aspect of the fight. She dominated the exchanges in the ground and on the feet while taking little to no damage. Spencer showed an incredible fighting spirit to stay in there with Nunes, but the end was a resounding unanimous decision victory for the Brazilian.

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INGLEWOOD, CA – DECEMBER 29: Amanda Nunes of Brazil celebrates her KO victory over Cris Cyborg of Brazil in their women’s featherweight bout during the UFC 232 event inside The Forum on December 29, 2018, in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

‘The Lioness’ is undoubtedly the greatest fighter of all time now, and she is facing a dearth of real competition from anyone in either featherweight or bantamweight. She has already beaten Holm and Germaine de Randamie, the top two ranked fighters in bantamweight.

Do you think Amanda Nunes will ever lose a fight again?

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Aniket Awasthi

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Aniket Awasthi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. This STEM undergraduate combines an insatiable urge to write with his admiration for MMA and the UFC in general to enhance his journalism. He calls charismatic names like Chael Sonnen and 'The Count' Michael Bisping as his favorite fighters, but he is a great admirer of the rise of Israel Adesanya ever since he fought Rob Wilkinson at UFC 221.

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