Amanda Nunes: “I want to defend my belt, and I’m waiting for the UFC. Let’s go”

UFC bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes is keen to defend her belt once again but admits it has been difficult to find an opponent.

Nunes is keen to defend her belt as soon as possible.

Raquel Pennington was initially scheduled to challenge Nunes for the belt at December 30’s UFC 219 pay-per-view event, however Pennington was forced to pull out due to a leg injury.

Nunes (15-4) is on an impressive six-fight win streak, which includes victories over some of WMMA’s biggest names including Ronda Rousey, Miesha Tate, Valentina Shevchenko (twice) Sara McMann.

The organization may decide to wait for Pennington to heal if they are unable to find a viable opponent for Nunes in time. The Brazilian says Pennington would be a great matchup who she would more than welcome, however she is keen to fight sooner rather than later and is willing to fight anyone.

[Pennington] has evolved a lot,” Nunes said during a recent appearance on BJ PENN Radio. “I liked her fight against Miesha [Tate]. She did a great job, and I think she’s a great opponent for me. It’s going to be a battle, like always, when you step into the cage. I expect Rocky to give me her best fight ever, and I think she [expects] the same. Honestly, I’m a fighter and I just want to fight. Whatever. I just want to fight. I want to defend my belt, and I’m waiting for the UFC. Let’s go.”

Nunes says she would also like to eventually take on Holly Holm if she ever moves back down to 135-pounds. The latter will be challenging Cris Cyborg for the UFC featherweight title on December 30.

If Holly Holm comes down again, to 135 [pounds], we can do this. I want to defend my belt. I want to defend the 135 belt.” Nunes said.

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Fight fans, who would you like to see Nunes defend her belt against next? Let us know in the comments section below.



  1. I thought she said she wanted to take time off and wasn’t looking to fight until sometime next year. I have heard no return date for Pennington, Vieira has a fight in March and Holly is probably going to have to take some time off to recover from her upcoming fight with Cyborg in late Dec. While I was not very happy with either Nunes’ or Shevchenko’s performance in their last fight, nor with the judge’s decision, I would still welcome a rubber match. Hopefully this time around with them both knowing that Nunes can last the entire 5 rounds, there will be more urgency for one of them to finish the fight or at least put on a more dominant performance. If Amanda truly wants a fight before the second quarter of next year, Valentina might be her best option. I have a feeling Valentina would be willing to put off her weight drop for another chance at the title.

    1. Neither are ranked in the top 10 by WMMA Rankings. Marion has had 2 victories and a tie out of her last 3 fights but they were all against sub top 10 fighters. Leslie has a couple of top 10 victories, one over Pennington back in 2013, and the other against Maia at 125. Definitely not what I’d call ranked competition. While not the most exciting fighter out there, Valentina’s last 5 fights have been either against former/current champions (Nunes, Holm and Kaufman) or top contender, Pena. Her only losses in her entire pro career were against current champion Nunes, and her last loss against her was so extremely narrow that many thought she won. A rubber match between them is needed and given that the current field is so depleted, why not now if Amanda’s claim to want a fight asap is true?

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