Raquel Pennington was originally scheduled to face Nunes for the belt at December 30’s UFC 219 event, however she was forced to withdraw due to leg injury. Nunes was then eyeing Holly Holm as an opponent, however the latter will be moving up to featherweight in a bid to take the 145-pound title from Cris Cyborg.
Other contenders in the top-ten are also unavailable to fight. Valentina Shevchenko has already lost twice to Nunes and recently announced plans to move down to flyweight. Julianna Pena is currently expecting a child. Ronda Rousey is rumored to be joining the WWE. Sara McMann is coming off a submission loss to Ketlen Vieira, the latter will be facing Cat Zingano in March 2018. Meanwhile, Alexis Davis and Liz Carmouche will be moving down to flyweight for their December 9 bout.
WMMA Rankings has been receiving a number of tweets suggesting opponents for Nunes, the name which is occurring the most and receiving the biggest reaction is former Invicta FC bantamweight champion, Tonya Evinger. Take a look at some of the tweets below.
They could give her a money fight, since there's no real rankings. Tonya Evinger deserves another big money fight, and she's the former Invicta 135 champ. We have a Striker, with strong BJJ, versus a Wrestler, with excellent stand up defense and a good right hand.
— Omar_Ishumson (@_InwardLook_909) November 21, 2017
Nunes vs Tonya Evinger please! Only other fighter available is McMann. Unless they sign Yana Kunitskaya, I'd be down to see that. https://t.co/khNimsahcp
— Lucy Goosey (@WomenOfCombat) November 21, 2017
— mercy #CyborgNation #UFC219 (@80mercy) November 21, 2017
— dj Grayskull (@dj_Grayskull) November 21, 2017
I'm with that !!!!
— P. Marchetti (@Marvellous_Phil) November 21, 2017
Evinger (19-6-0, 1 NC) was coming off an incredible ten-fight winning streak before losing out in her UFC debut against featherweight champion, Cris Cyborg. Despite the loss, the former Invicta FC bantamweight champion remains one of the most dominant fighters of all time at 135-pounds.
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Fight fans, is Nunes vs Evinger the next fight to make? Let us know in the comments section below.