LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 09: Amanda Nunes of Brazil warms up backstage during the UFC 200 event on July 9, 2016 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Cooper Neill/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) / 134 lb (61 kg; 9 st 8 lb) / Bantamweight

  /  145 lb (66 kg; 10 st 5 lb) / Featherweight


$4 million

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Early MMA Career

The consensus greatest women’s mixed martial artist, Amanda Nunes is without a doubt an all-time great, considering the former champions that Nunes has beaten, it is not even a close argument that she is the Women’s GOAT. Although the sport of female MMA is still young, Nunes has accomplished a lot.

Unlike other rising stars, Nunes did not start his career undefeated, in fact in her MMA debut she lost via armbar against Ana Maria. She started her career at featherweight, she then went on to win her next 5 fights before joining Strikeforce MMA.

In her Strikeforce debut, he faced Julia Budd and successfully knocked her out in just 14 seconds. Nunes already possessed the knockout power even before. It was just the lack of efficiency and experience that Nunes needed in order to improve.

Nunes decided to move down and face Alexis Davis next but lost via TKO. Davis clearly had a grappling advantage that gassed Nunes out at the last seconds of the second round. Her mistake was not trying to go hard in the first round which ended up gassing at the later rounds.

For her next fight, Nunes fought at a different promotion Invicta, she faced Raquel Pa’aluhi who was a black belt in BJJ. Interestingly enough, Nunes managed to win via rear-naked choke.

She then suffered another loss against Sarah D’Alelio via unanimous decision. She was deducted from that fight due to an illegal upkick.

UFC Debut

UFC finally introduced Women’s MMA to their promotion and Nunes was willing to compete and climb the rankings once more. For her UFC debut, she faced Sheila Gaff and won via TKO in the first round. It also took place in Brazil.

One of the well-accomplished strikers, Germaine de Randamie was scheduled to be her second UFC opponent. Nunes’s best way of winning is taking the fight to the ground as it is not safe to strike with a great striker like de Randamie. Nunes successfully took her down and landed elbows that stopped the fight.

Similar to her past loss, Nunes gassed again at her next fight against Cat Zingano. Nunes landed great shots in the early parts but if her opponents don’t go down, it leads to massive trouble. Nunes’s biggest problem is her pacing and cardio.

Nunes losing made him go back to the drawing boards but that loss also turned her into the most dangerous fighter. She went on to improve tremendously especially in her cardio game. Her next two fights ended via finish, beating Shayna Baszler and Sarah McMann.

UFC booked her next against Valentina Shevchenko was a well-accomplished kickboxing champion. Everyone is aware of how good Shevchenko is and to clash with Nunes was a fight for the future to come. Both fighters had their moments but the judges gave it to Amanda Nunes.

Nunes vs Tate

After riding a 3 fight win streak, Nunes was given a title shot against Miesha Tate. It was also the main event for UFC 200. The fight was not even close, as once Tate got a taste of Nunes’s power she became hesitant.

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Tate even said that Nunes hits like a Truck. Once Nunes got Tate hurt, she manage to secure a rear-naked choke, winning the UFC Bantamweight belt. It was the start of Nunes dominating women’s MMA.

Nunes vs Rousey

For her first title defense, she was booked against former champion, Ronda Rousey who was making her long-awaited return. The UFC marketed Rousey so much that it looked unfair for the champion, Nunes. The event was basically catered to Rousey’s return rather than Nunes’s title defense.

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It might have given Nunes even more motivation to beat Rousey. At the fight, similar to her past opponents, once they got punched by Nunes, their game plan goes out of the window. Rousey’s corner was yelling head movement and clinch but Nunes just keeps on landing punches that the referee forced to stop the fight.

Nunes vs Shevchenko 2

A rematch was then booked for Nunes against Shevchenko since it was a close fight. The rematch was probably the only time Nunes was close to losing in her championship reign. The fight was difficult to judge since it was pretty much even. The fight ended in a split decision, with others thinking Shevchenko won and others thinking Nunes won.

A trilogy fight is what the fans want since it will probably be as competitive as the first two and both are champions at their respective division. Shevchenko has said that she wants another shot at Nunes.

Nunes continued her reign at the bantamweight, Raquel Pennington was next for the title fight. It ended up as one of the most one-sided beatdowns in women’s MMA. To a point that Pennington wanted to stop fighting at the end of round 4 but her corner said to fight through. The fight ended at the 5th round with a minute left via TKO.

Nunes vs Cyborg

A super fight was booked for Nunes against Cris Cyborg at featherweight. It gave an opportunity for Nunes to become a two-division champion and beat the invincible Cris Cyborg. Nunes needed time to prepare and bulk up, but it was all worth it.

In the fight, Nunes was fighting smart, trying to read Cyborg, and even land a great leg kick. Cyborg then decided to forget about her game plan and charged right in. Nunes capitalized on a super aggressive Cyborg by landing a counter shot that stunned Cyborg down. Nunes then went for the finish, marking a huge upset win and cementing herself as MMA GOAT.

After that win, Nunes was looking to be invincible and probably ran out of title contenders. She then faced former bantamweight champion, Holly Holm where she landed Holm’s signature move which is a head-kick KO.

The only former champion left is Germaine de Randamie. Even though Nunes was already called the GOAT, she was not cocky about her skills. She was aware of how dangerous Germaine’s striking is, so she went on to take down Germain all 5 rounds, winning the decision decisively.

Nunes then went on to defend her featherweight belts two more times, beating Felicia Spencer and Megan Anderson. She is currently scheduled to face Julianna Pena at UFC 269.

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