“There’s Nothing Else To Be Done Right Now”-Amanda Nunes Contemplates Retirement From MMA

Published 06/15/2020, 12:38 AM EDT


The consensus-decided female MMA GOAT Amanda Nunes released a statement to ‘Esporte Espetacular’ on walking away from the sport. The announcement comes just over a week after Nunes made history in the organization. The GOAT became the first double champion to defend both divisional titles while simultaneously retaining them.

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Amanda Nunes defended her 145-pound title against Felicia Spencer in an utter domination of the Featherweight. Nunes was able to control Spencer at will and make her presence known in the offensive wrestling department. In light of her victory, ‘The Lioness’ etched herself within the UFC record books.

Following the victory, Nunes was expected to sit out for the rest of the year due to the arrival of her unborn child. Nunes is one of the more active champions on the roster and this came as a much-expected break.

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Amanda Nunes on retirement

However, it appears that 8 days after her last fight, the future Hall of Famer decided to step away. ‘The Lioness‘ appears interested to take a different path in the years to come.

“Ah, I don’t know, I’ve achieved everything I wanted,” Nunes said. “I’m well, I can go on with my life, maybe a [take] new step, maybe find new talents, help some girls there…maybe be a coach, too?

“I’m in a moment that I can retire, you know, and I’m in a moment that I can fight. I’m fine. There’s nothing else to be done right now in the division. The Hall of Fame will come, for sure. My life going forward, if I do stop now, the UFC will give me every support I need to continue having my money and work.”

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Although the news comes as a surprise, there were questions surrounding Nunes’ future. After her victory over the ‘FeeNom’, Amanda Nunes has cleared off the shallow 145-pound division. Not to mention contenders in the bantamweight division needed more victories to warrant a title shot as well.

Amanda Nunes is currently without a dance partner for the foreseeable future. Chiefly, Dana White appears hesitant to set up a third match with Valentina Shevchenko even though it would be the only option at the moment.

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Amanda Nunes will go down as one of the best combat athletes of all time. Regardless of whether Nunes steps away from the bright lights, her legacy is set in stone.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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