Amanda Nunes had a great 2016. She defended her UFC Women’s Bantamweight Championship twice, retiring Miesha Tate with the first win and defeating one of the sport’s biggest female stars Ronda Rousey at UFC 207 on December 30th.
When asked by TMZ Sports if Ronda Rousey was overrated, Nunes responded: “Yes, for sure. UFC make this happen.” Nunes also stated “I knew I could beat Ronda Rousey since I saw her first fight.”
It should be noted that reports began to surface hours ago that the champ’s right hand was in a cast, potentially injured during her UFC 207 win. During the video interview with TMZ Sports the right hand or arm is off screen and Nunes continues to state when asked about the future that she wants to take a little time off. Could it be because she’s nursing or hiding the injury?
Nunes next says she really looks forward to the 145 belt, “Maybe I go up to fight for 145 belt. We will see. Maybe I’m gonna have two belts like Conor McGregor.”
It should be noted that in addition to her most recent title defenses, Nunes is riding a five-fight win streak and hold victories over #1 ranked Valentina Shevchenko and #7 ranked Sara McMann. The #1 vs #2 ranked fighters face off on January 28th when Shevchenko fights former Ultimate Fighter winner Julianna Pena.
The decision on what’s next largely is up to WME-IMG, and as we enter 2017, many rumors have stated that the UFC could look like a very different company. One thing is for sure, the UFC wants to put on the biggest fights fans want to see. After her destruction of Rousey, the previously hyped greatest female fighter of all-time, it is safe to think that a 145 bout for Nunes is possible.
To add to the mix, Amanda Nunes holds a TKO win over Germaine de Randamie from back in November 2013. de Randamie is scheduled to face Holly Holm, the only other woman to previously beat Ronda Rousey, on February 11, 2017 at UFC 208 for the inaugural UFC Women’s Featherweight Championship.
Conor McGregor made history in 2016, as did Amanda Nunes. Will Nunes continue to make history in 2017, potentially also following in the footsteps of Mystic Mac?