Amanda Nunes Says “I Will Defend My Belt At 135 Then Go Up And Defend My Belt At 145″
UFC women’s two division champion Amanda Nunes plans to defend both her titles simultaneously that not even Conor Mcgregor or Daniel Cormier have done. But before that, she needs to get past Holly Holm at the upcoming UFC 239 pay-per-view event on July 6 in Las Vegas.
There’s a cause of concern for long term existence of 145-pound class since the day it’s established. Regardless of that Nunes said instead of forfeiting a title she would at least do one title defense.
“For sure (I plan to) defend both,” Nunes told MMA Junkie. “I will defend my belt at 135 then go up and defend my belt after at 145. Keep making history. Holly’s the only champion, the former champion, that I don’t beat yet. She’s going to be the next.”
Nunes last fought in December 2018 at UFC 232 where she won the featherweight title after knocking out then champion Cris Cyborg.
‘Lioness’ has the most impressive resume in women’s MMA. She pretty much bulldozes all the female champion in every class over the likes of Ronda Rousey to Meisha Tate then Cyborg and top contender Valentina Shevchenko. The only former champ Nunes haven’t gotten her hands on yet is Holly Holm. On being asked what’s her plan for that fight, ‘Lioness’ said Holm is next in line.
“Keep making history,” Nunes said. “Holly’s the only champion, the former champion, that I don’t beat yet. She’s going to be the next.”
Nunes said after defending her title at UFC 239, the next logical move is to make title defense at 145-pound. There aren’t many contenders at featherweight beside Cyborg and second on a row is Holm. So a rematch with Cyborg is on the cards.
“Honestly, I think about Holly now then we’ll see next,” Nunes said. “A (Cris) Cyborg rematch? Why not? We’ll see what’s next.”
Well, Nunes should not take Holm too easy as ‘Preacher’s Daughter’ is known for her toughness and cardio. If Holly gets past Nunes onslaught early in the fight, there are chances former champion might give ‘Lioness’ hard time in later rounds.