UFC women’s featherweight and bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes says that nothing will happen to the women’s featherweight division as long as she will be the champion.
News surfaced recently that UFC president Dana White is trying to get rid of the UFC’s Women’s Featherweight division as there aren’t many females competing there. There is also no Featherweight ranking in the UFC official ranking system.
Amanda Nunes (21-4 MMA, 14-4 UFC) is moving back down to 135 pounds after back-to-back title defenses at featherweight. She most recently defeated Megan Anderson at UFC 259 in March. Now she is about to fight Julianna Pena who called her out after her last win. Nunes has fought both at Bantamweight and Featherweight several times getting wins over some of the best female fighters ever. She is now riding an amazing 12 fight win streak that includes wins over former UFC champions Cris Cyborg, Valentina Shevchenko, Holly Holm, Ronda Rousey, Miesha Tate, and Germaine de Randamie.
Amanda Nunes says Dana White is trying to kill the featherweight division
“Dana [White] wants to end this division, but I told him that, as long as I’m champion, I want it open,” Nunes told Combate recently. “I think the issue with the featherweight [division] is talent. I think it’s hard to find talented girls in this division. I could be wrong, but we’re seeing that the girls that fought Cris [Cyborg] needed a little bit more. Not that they are bad athletes, but they needed some work.”
According to champ, she feels that UFC is tired of finding women to compete in the 145-pounds division so they are trying to cut it off. She feels like Megan Anderson is the only natural 145lbs woman.
“She’s huge,” Amanda said of contender Anderson. “We look at her and she looks like a giraffe [laughs]. But are lionesses afraid of giraffes? They go right for the neck.”
“I’ll wait, I’m sure they will find someone,” Amanda said. “They did that with Cris, brought in girls from God knows where to fight her. And even bantamweights will want to move up in weight so they get more comfortable. It’s better that way for me. Having an actual division or not, it doesn’t matter to me.”
At UFC 265 Amanda Nunes will defend her bantamweight throne against Julianna Pena. She is the winner of The Ultimate Fighter season 18. Most recently, Pena submitted Olympian Sara McMann in the first round of their UFC 257 fight in January.
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