“She’s Made Sh*t Loads of Money”- Dana White Says Things Are Changing for Amanda Nunes

Published 12/14/2021, 6:13 AM EST
GLENDALE, AZ – JUNE 12: Dana White meets with the press following UFC 263 on June 12, 2021, at Gila River Arena in Glendale, AZ. (Photo by Louis Grasse/PxImages/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)


UFC president Dana White, in the post-fight press conference, spoke about Amanda Nunes losing to Julianna Pena at UFC 269. Many consider Nunes to be the greatest female combat athlete of all time. Her reign at the top began with her win over Miesha Tate in the main event of UFC 200 in 2016.

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In her run from that PPV till UFC 269, she became the first women’s simultaneous two-division champion as she beat Cris Cyborg in under a minute. When she beat Felicia Spencer at UFC 251, she became the first UFC fighter to defend belts in two divisions whilst holding a belt in another division. As ‘The Lioness’ has done it all, many were questioning her hunger. These queries have increased after her defeat to ‘The Venezuelan Vixen’.

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When asked about Nunes’ will to continue, Dana White said, “Listen, it goes right along with all the storylines. She’s been on top forever. Regardless of what you think, she’s made sh** loads of money. She has a lot of money. You know she has a baby now, a family. These things change you.”

Fighting is one of the toughest sports to compete in because, when you enter the octagon, you stand a chance of getting seriously hurt. Hence, it is absolutely essential that the fighters’ hearts and souls be in the game when they decide to fight. For many on the come up, the money and glory that comes with being a champion is plenty of motivation for them to work hard and fight.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 14: UFC women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes enters the Octagon for a title defense against Germaine de Ranamie during UFC 245 at T-Mobile Arena on December 14, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Nunes retained her title by unanimous decision.
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However, for those who have made the money, won the belt, and created a legacy, finding the motivation to keep fighting becomes very difficult. It is at this stage then that many fighters decide to hang up the gloves and retire. As for Nunes, she has not commented on anything of the sort yet.

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What’s next for Amanda Nunes?

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There is a lot that Amanda Nunes can do now after her loss. The obvious option is the rematch and when asked if he would allow the rematch, White said, “yes.” Other options included going up to featherweight and defending the belt.

With regards to mega fights, Nunes can always book the trilogy with Valentina Shevchenko. Simultaneously, the UFC is also making moves to sign the dominant Kayla Harrison. As Harrison is Nunes’ teammate, a potential fight between the two could be massive.

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What do you think is next for Amanda Nunes? Let us know in the comments.

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Nahum Lobo

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Nahum Lobo is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing a media degree from St.Xavier's College, Nahum is a religious follower of events churned out by MMA promotions like Bellator and UFC.

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