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No one has yet captured and then simultaneously defended two titles in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Not Conor McGregor, not Daniel Cormier — but UFC bantamweight and featherweight champion Amanda Nunes hopes to be the first. Via

For sure (I plan to) defend both, I will defend my belt at 135 then go up and defend my belt after at 145.

Nunes has a uniquely decorated resume, perhaps the most impressive in women’s MMA. She has defeated just about every other female champion anywhere close to her weight class, from Valentina Shevchenko to Ronda Rousey to Meisha Tate, all the way up to Cris Cyborg. The only former champion who she hasn’t yet defeated is Holly Holm. When asked what her plans are, Nunes was very cognizant of that.

“Keep making history,” Nunes said. “Holly’s the only champion, the former champion, that I don’t beat yet. She’s going to be the next.”

The main issue with Nunes defending her featherweight belt is that the division is basically nonexistent except for Cris Cyborg. The second-best fighter at featherweight is, in fact, Holly Holm herself. Would Nunes rematch Cyborg?

“Honestly, I think about Holly now then we’ll see next,” Nunes said. “A (Cris) Cyborg rematch? Why not? We’ll see what’s next.”

Her mother will not be happy to hear that. Perhaps Nunes should not be so quick to overlook Holly Holm. Holm is known for her toughness and cardio. If she survives Nunes’ power early, she could give the double champion problems in the later rounds, especially if she manages to take Nunes down and get top control. Nunes and Holm are scheduled to clash in the co-main event of UFC 239 on July 6th.


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