BREAKING: Amanda Nunes Set to Defend Title – New Dates Released by UFC

Published 12/21/2020, 1:22 PM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JUNE 06: (L-R) Amanda Nunes of Brazil punches Felicia Spencer of Canada in their UFC featherweight championship bout during the UFC 250 event at UFC APEX on June 06, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


Amanda Nunes has her next title defense lined up in front of her. The only current double champ in the UFC will step inside the Octagon against Megan Anderson in March next year.

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The two were supposed to fight this year at UFC 256 earlier this month. However, the fight fell through after Nunes suffered an undisclosed injury. The challenger, Anderson, said that ‘The Lioness’ suffered a serious medical issue. However, it seems that she is now on her path to recovery and is eager to return to action.

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ESPN MMA first reported the news of the booking between the two featherweights. Anderson and Nunes are now likely to meet each other on March 6th at UFC 259.

Amanda Nunes wants a busy year ahead

Despite not fighting at UFC 256, Nunes was in the news a while back for a completely unrelated reason. After Jake Paul called Conor McGregor out for a fight, Dana White suggested that he will let Amanda Nunes take care of him. The women’s bantamweight and featherweight queen accepted the offer. She also added that she wants to stay busy in 2021.

Nunes last stepped inside the Octagon when she headlined UFC 250 with a win over Felicia Spencer. Between then and now, Nunes has become a parent after her partner Nina Ansaroff gave birth to their child, a daughter named Raegan Ann Nunes.

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Meanwhile, Megan Anderson is a former Invicta FC champion. Her run in the UFC has been full of wins and losses with a record of 3-2. However, she has won her last two fights against Zarah Fairn Dos Santos and Norma Dumont Viana, respectively.

The UFC featherweight division is the shallowest on the entire UFC roster. There aren’t even fifteen fighters listed on the rankings on the official UFC website. Apart from Megan Anderson, there isn’t anyone else whom the UFC can push as a challenger for Nunes. If the 145-pounds champ decides to hang up the gloves, which she once hinted after UFC 250, the division will most likely be done.

UFC President Dana White, however, doesn’t want to start thinking along those lines just yet. Earlier this year in June, he said that he wanted to build the division up by signing more fighters.

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Rishabh Singh is an MMA author at EssentiallySports since 2020. An engineer in the making, his love for combat sports began by watching Anderson Silva light people up inside the Octagon. When he isn't busy in his technical pursuits, he is an avid reader with a love for sports in general and sporting history in particular.

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