Amanda Nunes

The Lioness

Brazil

Drops title in legendary upset
BantamweightUFC
December 11, 2021
Nunes shockingly lost her UFC Women's Bantamweight Championship on Saturday, falling to Julianna Pena via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:22 of Round 2 at UFC 269 in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
As expected, Nunes handled the defeat with complete class despite being on the wrong end of one of the greatest upsets in the history of the sport. Entering as -1100 favorite, Nunes was in complete control throughout Round 1 before things fell apart in Round 2. Pena turned the fight into a back-and-forth slug fest, clipping Nunes with virtually everything she threw, and Amanda appeared to gas out in a major way. It goes into the books as a submission win for Pena, but the truth of the matter is that Nunes was too tired to properly defend herself, and that essentially led to the stoppage. Amanda had won a dozen fights in a row prior to this defeat. Included in that stretch were victories over Valentina Shevchenko (twice), Ronda Rousey, Miesha Tate, Cris Cyborg and Holly Holm. Nunes' body of work will ensure there is an immediate rematch is forthcoming, so don't be shocked if she's able to regain her 135-pound title at some point in 2022, but there is no way anyone could have ever seen this one coming.
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Pena fight rescheduled for UFC 269
BantamweightUFC
August 30, 2021
Nunes (illness) will defend her bantamweight title against Julianna Pena at UFC 269 on Dec. 11, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
This bout was originally supposed to be back on Aug. 7 at UFC 265, but Nunes had to withdraw after a positive COVID-19 test. Nunes currently holds UFC championships at both 135 and 145 pounds. This will be her first defense of the bantamweight title since December of 2019 when she defeated Germaine de Randamie by unanimous decision.
Out of August title defense
BantamweightUFC
July 29, 2021
Nunes has tested positive for COVID-19 and is out of her title defense against Julianna Pena at UFC 265 on Aug. 7, Nolan King of USA Today reports.
ANALYSIS
There is a tentative plan in place to reschedule this title bout at the end of the year, possible in December. An official date should be announced over the coming weeks. Nunes last was in the Octagon in March when she cruised to a win over Megan Anderson.
Set to retake Octagon in August
BantamweightUFC
April 15, 2021
Nunes will square off against Julianna Pena at UFC 265 on Aug. 7, Brett Okamoto of ESPN.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Nunes is set for her next title defense after dismantling Megan Anderson quickly in her last fight March 6, picking up a submission via armbar just 2:03 into Round 1. The Lioness hasn't lost since March 21 of 2015 and now gets an opponent in Pena who earned the opportunity via the submission of Sara McMann at UFC 257. Nunes stands two inches taller than her opponent while sporting an identical reach and she should enter the contest a major favorite to retain her belt.
Crushes Megan Anderson to keep belt
BantamweightUFC
March 6, 2021
Nunes successfully defended her UFC Women's Featherweight Championship on Saturday, submitting Megan Anderson via submission (armbar) at 2:03 of Round 1 at UFC 259 in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
You would think there had to be a better option than Anderson, but there legitimately may not have been. Nunes could have entered this fight blindfolded and the result would have been the same. She destroyed Anderson with power shots for the first minute-plus before the latter was forced to the ground, and Nunes nearly ripped her arm off. UFC President Dana White is a smart, smart businessman, and it might be time for him to admit defeat in terms of this division. A conversation between Jon Anik, Joe Rogan and Daniel Cormier on the broadcast tells you all you need to know about the state of affairs at 145 pounds these days. Rogan asked what the rankings were in the division, and Anik stated they don't exist. DC confirmed the fact. As for Nunes, she has won a dozen fights in a row and is the longest tenured champion on the roster at nearly five years. She's the greatest mixed martial artist in women's history by a million miles and is moving up the list of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the history of the sport every time she steps into the Octagon.
Anderson fight re-booked
BantamweightUFC
December 21, 2020
Nunes (undisclosed) will defend her UFC Featherweight Championship against Megan Anderson at UFC 259 on March 6, ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
The matchup was originally scheduled to take place in mid-December, but Nunes withdrew in early-November due to an apparent injury. Nunes will carry an 11-fight winning streak into the match, while Anderson is coming off a pair of first-round victories. Already considered one of the greatest female fighters of all-time, look for Nunes to enter this co-main event matchup as a heavy, heavy betting favorite.