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Dana White hints at abolishing women’s Featherweight division following Amanda Nunes retirement | UFC 289

The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women’s Featherweight division seems to be coming to an end.

Amanda Nunes mauled Irene Aldana at UFC 289 last night (Sat., June 10, 2023), earning a dominant unanimous decision win from inside Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. After her sixth Bantamweight title defense, Nunes retired from mixed martial arts (MMA), while holding both the Featherweight and Bantamweight belts (watch her retirement speech).

With Nunes now gone, the state of the uninhabited Featherweight division is being called into question. Many fans and analysts believe the division should be terminated with only three or four fighters currently in it. And UFC President, Dana White, addressed if the women’s 145-pound division will be wound down during UFC 289’s post-fight press conference (watch it).

“The answer is probably, ‘Yes,’” White told reporters. “I mean, I don’t make these decisions right after a fight. You know, [Nunes] told me when she walked over to the side of the cage that she was retiring. So yeah, I don’t know. But it makes sense.”

And with that, rest in peace UFC women’s Featherweight division. It was an underwhelming six years, but hey, we got Amanda Nunes vs. Cris Cyborg, which was awesome (watch highlights), and much more.

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