Because the champion goes, so goes the division. For the ladies’s featherweight class within the UFC, that would imply the tip is close to.
Following the primary title protection of her 145-pound championship in opposition to Felicia Spencer two weeks in the past, Amanda Nunes talked about the risk of retirement citing an absence of rapid challenges and impending motherhood. On condition that she presently holds each the UFC featherweight and bantamweight titles, her absence would go away two divisions with no champion.
The ladies’s featherweight division has lacked depth since its inception (the UFC doesn’t also have a contenders’ rankings for the load class), and at a media scrum on Friday in Las Vegas, Dana White was frank when requested if it will go on with out Nunes.
“In all probability not,” White stated.
The UFC President was optimistic in regards to the destiny of the extra established bantamweight division, which has been led by a number of stars since its promotional debut in 2013 together with Nunes, Ronda Rousey, Holly Holm, and Miesha Tate.
White burdened the necessity to hold that division sturdy no matter who steps into the championship image sooner or later and praised the ladies who’ve taken the lead to date.
“I actually simply informed the fellows the opposite day to construct that division,” White stated. “Begin signing women, let’s begin constructing that division, and now my woman’s speaking about retirement, so apparently we gotta get on the identical web page and determine this out.”
“[Nunes] can do no matter she needs to do,” White stated. “She’s the queen. She will do no matter she needs. She’s having a child, she’s bought all these nice issues happening in her life proper now personally and professionally she’s completed something that I’ve ever requested her to do. To go from Ronda Rousey to her, it’s really been a pleasure working with the ladies in that division. I haven’t all the time seen eye-to-eye with Holly Holm’s individuals, however Holly Holm is likely one of the nicest human beings on planet earth. Coping with that division has been superior.”
Whereas White isn’t satisfied that Nunes is severely dedicated to retiring, he acknowledged that the 2 want to speak and that there was no timetable for her return. Nunes and her companion Nina Ansaroff expect a baby in September.
Till Nunes formally says she’s completed, White is holding onto the likelihood that she competes once more.
“I hope she doesn’t [retire],” White stated. “She’s certainly one of my favourite individuals ever and coming off of the efficiency that she simply placed on, I believe that the gorgeous factor was she got here out of the (Germaine) de Randamie struggle and everybody was like, ‘She seemed human,’ this, that, all of the critics have been throughout her. She fought arguably one of the best feminine striker of all-time, beat her, and she or he seemed human in that struggle.
“Then she got here out and put a press release on her final efficiency. She seemed unbelievable and placed on an absolute clinic in opposition to one of many hardest ladies that I’ve ever seen in my life. After a efficiency like that, I’d hate to assume that she would wish to retire, but when that’s true, and that’s the place she’s at proper now, then she in all probability ought to.”