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Is Amanda Nunes One-and-Done With the Featherweight Division?

Ain’t that something.

Amanda Nunes, the queen of all female bantamweight fighters, moves up a division to fight the super-dominant champ Cris Cyborg. Nunes knocks her out in under a minute, takes the featherweight belt, and… says no mas to the whole 145-pound division thing.

Yup. It looks like the new champ of female featherweights is eschewing defending her title. Instead, she’ll stick to the lower weight classes.

This leaves poor Cyborg out in the cold with no rematch. And if (and when) Cyborg crushes whoever stands in her way of getting that championship back, there will still be a big question mark hanging over her head because of that quick loss to Nunes.

Oh well. Maybe the UFC will sign PFL star Kayla Harrison.

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Holm Vs Nunes In 2019?

Amanda Nunes made history by becoming the first female mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter to hold two belts simultaneously for Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), defeating Cris Cyborg via first round knockout (see it) to be able to put the Featherweight strap alongside her Bantamweight belt.

While many expected Cris to get an immediate rematch after dominating the division for so long, it doesn’t seem to be in the cards. At least not for a couple of years. But there are those who do feel Cris deserves an instant do-over, as former 145-pound title contender, Holly Holm, says if anyone is deserving of an instant rematch it’s Cyborg.

“She deserves a rematch for being somebody in a dominant position like that for so long getting knocked out? Yes, they absolutely deserve a rematch,” Holm told MMA Junkie. “That’s the way it goes. I believe she deserve the chance to go fight again. I don’t think she needs people to talk her into it. Rematches after getting knocked out, it needs to come from the fighter themselves. If Cyborg comes forward saying, ‘I want the rematch I can absolutely do.’ Yes, I think Amanda should honor that.”

Holm knows all-too well just how dominant Cris can be, coming up short against the fearsome striker at UFC 219 two years ago. After getting back on the winning track against Megan Anderson, Holly will look to score back-to-back wins when she faces Aspen Ladd at UFC 235 on March 2, 2019.

With a win and if the opportunity presents itself to fight for the title against Amanda Nunes, the former boxing champion won’t turn it down.

“I’ve been focusing on this particular fight because I don’t want to overlook who I’m facing now and then run into a loss because I was looking too far into the future. I’m never promised another day and another fight, so I need to make the most of what’s in front of me,” she said.

“I’m going to have this fight with Aspen Ladd and we’ll see what happens going forward. There’s always short goals and long goals. Yes, I would love to be able to fight with Nunes. It’s one of the things that could happen. I’m just 100 percent into Aspen Ladd right now.”

A fight with Holm would provide an interesting challenge for the current “champ-champ,” as Holly would definitely be the most-technical striker she’s faced to date. On the flip side, if “Lioness” can score a win over Holly, her resume would be unmatched as she would become the only fighter to defeat Miesha Tate, Ronda Rousey, Holm and the aforementioned Cyborg.

That’s GOAT-type stuff.

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Nunes Believes She’s Already MMA’s GOAT

Amanda Nunes just became the greatest female fighter in mixed martial arts (MMA) history with a 51-second knockout of the seemingly unbeatable featherweight champion Cris Cyborg last month at UFC 232.

As a result of her massive victory over Cyborg, who was widely considered the best women’s fighter of all time, Nunes, who also holds the UFC women’s bantamweight title, now enters 2019 as a double champ. That status can only be shared with the likes of Conor McGregor and Daniel Cormier.

Nunes’ recent dominance over the 135-pound division, which includes finishes over former champions Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate, accompanied with her destruction of Cyborg at UFC 232, make it almost impossible not to consider her the best female fighter ever. Just ask the double champ herself.

“I’m 100 percent sure,” Nunes told TMZ Sports (shown above). “I think everybody says that. Everybody. It’s not even a question anymore. This is my answer: yes, yes, yes, I am.”

With that box checked off, it may be time to consider Nunes one of the best fighters of all time, both male or female. The list is obviously deep with legendary champions like Anderson Silva, Jon Jones, Georges St-Pierre, Fedor Emelianenko, and the aforementioned Cormier, but “Lioness” is quickly creeping into the discussion.

Nunes, who defeated Cyborg, Rousey, and Tate in a combined 295 seconds, believes she’s already there.

“Yeah, definitely,” proclaimed Nunes when asked if she’s the best fighter ever, male or female. “I just beat the most dominant woman on the planet. I just beat the girl, all these female fighters are scared, I just beat that girl everybody thought nobody was ever going to beat again. Ever. She only loses one time in her life and one time after that she never loses for 13 years. I think it was 13 years. I take that fight and it’s only 51 seconds. That is amazing. I’m supposed to be considered everything. The best fighter, the best whatever. I’m supposed to be the No. 1.”

Is she right? Has Nunes done enough to be mentioned alongside the greatest male fighters in MMA history?

Sound off, Maniacs!

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OHHHH! Nunes Wins, Rogan Loses His S—t

OHHHHHHHHHHHH!

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) color commentator, Joe Rogan, is passionate about combat sports, which is what makes his reactions to some of the greatest finishes in mixed martial arts (MMA) all the more enjoyable.

They also get repeated ad nauseam in the UFC promo videos, but we can’t blame that on Rogan, who had one of his vintage freak outs when Amanda Nunes stopped Cristiane Justino in the UFC 232 pay-per-view (PPV) co-main event.

Watch the replay here.

Already the bantamweight titleholder, Nunes became the first women’s “champ-champ” and did so with a violent, first-round knockout. It was the first time the featherweight “Cyborg” has ever been put down with strikes in her 18-year career.

No telling what’s next for either fighter, but all we can do is hope that Rogan is there to call the action, though with his PPV-only schedule, that might not happen until UFC 234 next month in Australia.

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UFC 232 Bonuses: Nunes, Volkanovski, Mendes, Hall Capture $50K Awards

On a night when Amanda Nunes staked her claim to being the greatest fighter in women’s MMA history, it should come as no surprise that she got a little something extra for her work.
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UFC 232 Bonuses: Nunes, Volkanovski, Mendes, Hall Capture $50K Awards

On a night when Amanda Nunes staked her claim to being the greatest fighter in women’s MMA history, it should come as no surprise that she got a little something extra for her work.
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Amanda Nunes: Bout vs. Cyborg ‘Definitely Bigger Than the Ronda Rousey Fight’

UFC women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes has seen her share of high-profile bouts.
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Free Fight! Watch Nunes Stomp Rousey In 2016

The champion vs. champion bout between women’s bantamweight champ Amanda Nunes and women’s featherweight champ Cris Cyborg was billed as a superfight from the moment of its confirmation, but the UFC certainly hasn’t done all that great of a job treating it that way promotion wise.

Hopefully that’ll all change now that we’ve made it to fight week. Cris Cyborg did her part a few days ago when video of her jacking up her ankle doing some stupid viral internet challenge had people worried she wouldn’t be able to fight.

And now the UFC is putting in some effort, dusting off that brutal 2016 footage of Nunes wrecking Ronda Rousey in 48 seconds, TKOing the former women’s division pioneer with a violent barrage of strikes.

As with past negative Rousey moments, this isn’t a video the UFC puts on replay much. So enjoy the fight while you can:

Cyborg vs. Nunes goes down at UFC 232 on December 29th from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Headlining the card: another big bout between returning light heavyweight motherf**ker Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson. They’ll be fighting for the 205 pound belt that gets officially stripped from double champ Daniel Cormier the moment a winner’s hand is raised.

It should be a hell of a night of fights, and we hope you join us for all the blow by blow action here at MMA Mania!

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UFC 232 Primer: Cyborg vs. Nunes Is the Biggest Fight in WMMA But No One Cares

Next weekend, after all your presents have been unwrapped and you’ve cashed in those Walmart giftcards, is UFC 232. It’s the UFC’s year-end pay-per-view, and since the organization likes to make a big deal of those, they’ve finagled Jon Jones to come back and rematch Alexander Gustafsson.

Naturally, the Jones vs. Gustafsson fight is garnering all the attention. Which sucks, because the biggest female match-up to make in the entire sport is going down with featherweight champ Cris Cyborg fighting bantamweight champ Amanda Nunes. And no one cares!

Here’s Cyborg falling on her face because she gets no love:

Few champs can claim the kind of dominance Cyborg has shown – not just in the UFC, but in her entire MMA career. She’s an absolute killer. And after taking out Holly Holm, who was perceived to be the greatest striking threat in the division, what’s left? A superfight, of course.

Which brings us to the other half of this equation: Nunes. Nunes is a power puncher, and blah, blah, blah. Look, the greatest thing Nunes has ever done outside of becoming champ is this:

So who’s going to be tuning in to watch two of the best female fighters go at it in a superfight vs. who’s tuning in for unrepentant drug addict Jon Jones?

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UFC 232 Primer: Cyborg vs. Nunes Is the Biggest Fight in WMMA But No One Cares

Next weekend, after all your presents have been unwrapped and you’ve cashed in those Walmart giftcards, is UFC 232. It’s the UFC’s year-end pay-per-view, and since the organization likes to make a big deal of those, they’ve finagled Jon Jones to come back and rematch Alexander Gustafsson.

Naturally, the Jones vs. Gustafsson fight is garnering all the attention. Which sucks, because the biggest female match-up to make in the entire sport is going down with featherweight champ Cris Cyborg fighting bantamweight champ Amanda Nunes. And no one cares!

Here’s Cyborg falling on her face because she gets no love:

Few champs can claim the kind of dominance Cyborg has shown – not just in the UFC, but in her entire MMA career. She’s an absolute killer. And after taking out Holly Holm, who was perceived to be the greatest striking threat in the division, what’s left? A superfight, of course.

Which brings us to the other half of this equation: Nunes. Nunes is a power puncher, and blah, blah, blah. Look, the greatest thing Nunes has ever done outside of becoming champ is this:

So who’s going to be tuning in to watch two of the best female fighters go at it in a superfight vs. who’s tuning in for unrepentant drug addict Jon Jones?

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