Include champ Amanda Nunes to the record of UFC stars discussing retirement.
The two-division queen defended her featherweight championship with a dominant determination victory more than Felicia Spencer at UFC 250 before this month in Las Vegas. In the write-up-battle press convention, “The Lioness” explained she’d likely sit out the remainder of 2020 to concentrate on the delivery of her initially daughter with UFC strawweight Nina Ansaroff.
Eight days later, nonetheless, Nunes has modified her tone. In an job interview with Brazilian Tv display Esporte Espetacular, the double-winner opened the door to retirement.
“Ah, I really don’t know, I’ve obtained anything I needed,” Nunes claimed. “I’m nicely, I can go on with my life, maybe a [take] new step, perhaps obtain new abilities, assistance some girls there…maybe be a mentor, much too.
“I’m in a second that I can retire, you know, and I’m in a minute that I can struggle. I’m great. There’s nothing else to be finished proper now in the division. The Hall of Fame will occur, for sure. My existence going ahead, if I do halt now, the UFC will give me just about every assistance I will need to continue getting my cash and do the job.”
This is not the to start with time Nunes discussed hanging up her gloves. Months following her initial-spherical earn about then-champion Cris Cyborg, “The Lioness” instructed reporters in Brazil there was a opportunity she would finish her vocation with a earn in excess of Holly Holm. Nunes concluded Holm in July 2019, but she returned five months afterwards to protect her bantamweight title towards Germaine de Randamie.
Nunes’ retirement thoughts occur at an strange instant for the UFC, which has observed quite a few of its champions and stars point out they are stepping away from the octagon. Bantamweight champ. Henry Cejudo not long ago declared his departure from the activity, but also hinted that a beneficial offer you would get him again in the cage. Fellow stars Jon Jones and Jorge Masvidal started a public war with the UFC about funds.
Nunes’ circumstance doesn’t show up to be about shell out.
With no obvious contenders at equally bantamweight and featherweight, Nunes’ prolonged layoff could give the UFC a prospect to establish the future contender.
If “The Lioness” never returns to the 8-sided cage again, she stated her legacy in the sport is currently carried out: She’s the first to “dominate” two body weight lessons, defeating each female that held the UFC bantamweight and featherweight titles.