Amanda Nunes confirms women’s UFC featherweight division is not done

Amanda Nunes confirms women’s UFC featherweight division is not done.

UFC featherweight and bantamweight champion, Amanda Nunes, has defended her 145-pound title yet again but instead of the MMA community discussing her GOAT status, everyone is focused on what will happen with the division itself.

Thankfully Nunes has confirmed it’s not going anywhere.

“They did not cut the division,” Nunes told FanSided. “Dana and I have a great relationship, as long as I want to defend it he will find me opponents.”

This news comes just days after Nunes’ opponent, Megan Anderson, said the UFC told her the division was done and didn’t resign her to another contract.

Nunes will return to her 125-pound title next to potentially face Juliana Pena, though nothing is official for that bout yet. If that fight does take place, Nunes sees it going the same way her last fights have gone.

“I see myself having my hand raised and retaining my belt,” she said. “I will be working with a nutritionist and taking care of my body properly to have it working the way it needs to be.”

Amanda Nunes will return to bantamweight for her next bout

Nunes has gone back and forth between 135 and 145 pounds, something many athletes don’t do, especially women. Due to that, her recovery process is even more important. She detailed what went into the prep for her last fight and what she learned about her body overall.

“I took it slow. Listened to my body and waited for the right time to push hard,” Nunes said. “Recovery with Hyperice technology, especially the Hypervolt massager, has really added the missing piece that I always needed in my training routine to relax any tight or stiff muscles.”

Nunes returned to the Octagon for the first time since her daughter was born, that extra motivation helps keep her on track now that she has her child watching and learning.

“Everything that I do I think of my daughter and how it would reflect on her. It is very important that we raise our daughters to be strong and the best way to do so is lead by example.”

Nunes already represents women in combat sports but having a daughter of her own gave her a perspective she had not felt yet. Nunes says she supports and respects all women in sports from media, coaches, athletes and everything in between and feels having women represented in male-dominated spaces are valuable.

“I think it is extremely important, women are very strong and intelligent and it needs to be seen by any means possible.”

Nunes spoke to FanSided on behalf of Hyperice.

Published at Mon, 15 Mar 2021 23:38:40 +0000

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