Despite At The Pinnacle of Her Career Current Two Division Champ Thinking About Hanging Up The Gloves
Current bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes recently scored a 51-second knockout win over the seemingly unbeatable Cris Cyborg at UFC 232 last December which saw her winning the featherweight title, becomes the female fighter in the history of UFC to hold two belts simultaneously.
Nunes won the 135-pound title after submitting Miesha Tate at UFC 200 back in 2016. Since then she made three successful title defenses with wins over the likes of Valentina Shevchenko (twice), Ronda Rousey and Raquel Pennington.
She has defeated pretty much all the big names besides one.
Recently news is circulating that promotion in the works to book former bantamweight champion Holly Holm against Amanda Nunes for an upcoming UFC 237 event in Brazil, that could be a reason UFC nixed Holm vs. Aspen Ladd fight at UFC 235 as well shut down the talks of Cris Cyborg rematch. (h/t MMAMania)
“They don’t call me yet, but I’m waiting for it,” Nunes told reporters backstage at UFC Fortaleza. “Let’s see what’s going to happen. I think this fight is very interesting. Holly Holm is the only fighter who is a former champion who I didn’t fight her. That would be an interesting fight. I’m looking for this fight with Holly for sure, and I’m ready for the call.”
Beside Holm bout, another fight that makes sense is a rematch with Cat Zingano, who defeated Nunes via TKO back in late 2014. Since then Zingano’s career is riding on a rough note.
Nunes feels she’s nothing much left to prove and contemplating retirement after fighting Holly Holm.
“I went home to see my family and stay a little bit with my family and my mom (said), ‘I think you should retire,’” Nunes said. “I think (about it) a little bit. We’ll see with this next stage what’s going on. I’m a little bit tired of all the big fights. I’m very happy and glad and proud that I did all that and I want a little break to get a family and focus more on Nina’s career. We’ll see. I say those thing, but you know how fighting is. We get involved so much and then we want to do it again. We’ll see.”
All the former bantamweight champions like Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate already said goodbye to fighting, so I guess Holm 37, may not be far from joining the bandwagon.