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UFC president Dana White is impressed that dual champion Amanda Nunes has put herself in a good enough place to retire from MMA, but he hopes that's not the case.
Following her historic women's featherweight title defense against Felicia Spencer at UFC 250 earlier this month, Nunes (20-4 MMA, 13-1 UFC) came. She said she’s already achieved her UFC goals and doesn’t see any challenge or opponent that demands her immediate attention.
Nunes, the current titleholder at 135 and 145 pounds, is only the fourth simultaneous champions in UFC history. Beyond that, she's the first and only to register defenses while holding both belts and has cleared out all viable contenders. In that regard, retirement seems like a decent path forward, but it caught White off guard when he heard about it for the first time on "The Schmozone Podcast"
“I will kill her,” White said. “… I literally just told (UFC matchmakers) Sean (Shelby) and Mick (Maynard) in the last meeting let’s get this division built for her. Let’s build this division for her, and let’s start figuring this out. And now she’s talking about retiring?”
White has often reiterated that MMA is not a sport for athletes with one foot out the door, and those considering retirement should go ahead and do it. There are exceptions, though. And with Nunes, 32, very much in her prime, “The Lioness” is one such exception.
“You know what’s awesome about that when you think about it? Her retiring isn’t awesome; that actually drives me nuts. You know how I always say, ‘If you’re talking about retiring, you probably should.’ Unless if you’re where she’s at,” White said. “In this time when I got guys crying about money, one of our female fighters, who could go on and keep doing this for a long time, is saying, ‘Maybe I retire now.’ She’s got plenty of money, and she can do it.”
Nunes is currently on an 11 fight win-streak across both divisions. She said following UFC 250 that she intended to take off the rest of 2020, as her wife Nina Ansaroff is expecting their first child in September. Retirement comments followed shortly after.
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