UFC president Dana White is glad twin champion Amana Nunes is in a adequate place to retire from MMA, however he hopes it doesn’t occur.
Following her historic girls’s featherweight title protection in opposition to Felicia Spencer at UFC 250 earlier this month, Nunes (20-Four MMA, 13-1 UFC) got here out and revealed retirement might be within the close to future. She mentioned she’s already achieved all the pieces she desires within the sport and doesn’t see any aim or opponent that calls for her fast consideration.
Nunes, the present titleholder at 135 and 145 kilos, is one among 4 simultaneous champions in UFC historical past. She’s the one one to register defenses whereas holding each belts and has cleared out all viable contenders. In that regard, retirement looks like an honest path ahead, however it caught White off guard when he heard about it for the primary time on “The Schmozone Podcast.”
“I’ll kill her,” White mentioned. “… I actually simply informed (UFC matchmakers) Sean (Shelby) and Mick (Maynard) within the final assembly let’s get this division constructed for her. Let’s construct this division for her, and let’s begin figuring this out. And now she’s speaking about retiring?”
MMA isn’t a sport wherein athletes ought to have one foot out the door, White has mentioned, and he typically encourages fighters to step away if that’s on their thoughts. There are exceptions, although. And with Nunes, 32, very a lot in her prime, “The Lioness” falls into that class.
“ what’s superior about that when you consider it? Her retiring isn’t superior; that truly drives me nuts. You know the way I at all times say, ‘Should you’re speaking about retiring, you most likely ought to.’ Until for those who’re the place she’s at,” White mentioned. “On this time once I obtained guys crying about cash, one among our feminine fighters, who may go on and preserve doing this for a very long time, is saying, ‘Perhaps I retire now.’ She’s obtained loads of cash, and she will be able to do it.”
Nunes has gained 11 consecutive fights throughout two divisions. She mentioned following UFC 250 that she meant to take off the remainder of 2020, along with her spouse Nina Ansaroff anticipating their first youngster in September. Shortly thereafter, Nunes got here out with the retirement feedback.