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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 MMAJunkie.com:
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.
Mike Perry accurately captures the shriveled essence of internet warriors.
Keyboard warriors are the type of people to drive side-by-side 5 miles an hour under the speed limit on a 3 Lane Rd. so nobody else can fucking drive
— Platinum Mike Perry (@PlatinumPerry) April 17, 2019
Combat sports this weekend:
I don’t think Paulo Costa got the point of Yoel Romero’s caption contest.
This is why Colby is the only fighter I have muted.
So many champs.
Conor McGregor has never had one of the new belts.
This was a quote from a documentary released months ago, but it is a reminder of Ronda Rousey’s relationship to MMA fans.
Ronda Rousey on her legacy (from “Breaking Barriers”):
“I don’t know if you guys even deserve to hear it, to be honest. Because how I feel about myself and my own legacy is something precious to me, so you don’t get to hear it, you just get to have your own opinion of my legacy” pic.twitter.com/TIgaJ4YQpU
— Aaron Bronsteter (@aaronbronsteter) April 17, 2019
Dustin Poirier doing his talking with emojis.
I wonder if Israel Adesanya vs. Jon Jones ever comes about, and when, if ever, Israel would be physically ready for that. Personally, at this point, I agree with analyst Andrew Richardson that Robert Whittaker would actually be a tougher challenge.
Why not to scare females of any species: they will slap you.
That slam at the end was straight MMA
Hopefully Angela Magana recovers from her coma. This is very scary stuff.
The best three fights of 2019 so far
Derrick Lewis’ Random Land
Thank you, Black Beast
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