Dana White Intends To Find Out If Kayla Harrison Is Ready For The UFC

As the company seeks fresh opponents for double champion Amanda Nunes, UFC president Dana White is open to the possibility of Kayla Harrison entering the mix. Recently, the former 2X Olympic gold medalist has been practicing her new craft under the PFL…

As the company seeks fresh opponents for double champion Amanda Nunes, UFC president Dana White is open to the possibility of Kayla Harrison entering the mix. Recently, the former 2X Olympic gold medalist has been practicing her new craft under the PFL organization. In 2019, the unbeaten athlete pulled off a couple of massive wins […]

Amanda Nunes Says She’s The Only Thing Keeping FW Division Alive

UFC double champion Amanda Nunes believes she’s the only reason that the women’s featherweight division is still around. It seems Amanda Nunes isn’t ready to let go of her double-champion status, but first, she has a grappling threat …

UFC double champion Amanda Nunes believes she’s the only reason that the women’s featherweight division is still around. It seems Amanda Nunes isn’t ready to let go of her double-champion status, but first, she has a grappling threat in Julianna Peña to deal with. The bantamweight queen will put her belt on the line against […]

Amanda Nunes Wants Featherweight Division Open As Long As She Is Champion

NunesAmanda Nunes knows the featherweight division is barely a division. However, she wants it to stay. Nunes is set to defend her bantamweight title for the first time since December 2019 when she faces Julianna Pena at UFC 265 on August 7. It follows two relatively easy featherweight defenses against the likes of Felicia Spencer […]

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Amanda Nunes knows the featherweight division is barely a division. However, she wants it to stay.

Nunes is set to defend her bantamweight title for the first time since December 2019 when she faces Julianna Pena at UFC 265 on August 7.

It follows two relatively easy featherweight defenses against the likes of Felicia Spencer and Megan Anderson with many observers calling for the division to be shut down due to the lack of real contenders and competition for Nunes in that weight class.

UFC president Dana White even wants to shut it down according to Nunes. However, “The Lioness” wants it open as long as she remains champion.

“Dana [White] wants to end this division, but I told him that, as long as I’m champion, I want it open,” Nunes told Combate (via MMA Fighting). “I think the issue with the featherweight [division] is talent. I think it’s hard to find talented girls in this division.

“I could be wrong, but we’re seeing that the girls that fought Cris [Cyborg] needed a little bit more. Not that they are bad athletes, but they needed some work.”

While Nunes admits it is hard for the UFC to find real prospects to fill out the division, she believes she will always have someone to face at featherweight — whether they are natural 145ers or not.

“I’ll wait, I’m sure they will find someone,” she added. “They did that with Cris, brought in girls from God knows where to fight her. And even bantamweights will want to move up in weight so they get more comfortable. It’s better that way for me. Having an actual division or not, it doesn’t matter to me.”

For now, however, her focus will be on 135 when she faces a new challenge in Pena. Not that the Brazilian is too worried or anything.

“[Pena] is reckless,” Nunes said. “She takes you down but gets lost there. She doesn’t have a tight jiu-jitsu, and that’s when I plan on finishing the fight. She will come forward, pressure me and hope for the best, and that’s when I’ll use my angles, my kicks, my front kicks, my calf kicks, my knees, my elbows… Everything will be on point to use when she goes crazy.”

Nunes: Shevchenko Took The Easy Way Out & Doesn’t Want To Fight Me

Amanda Nunes has an interesting take on why Valentina Shevchenko decided to move down to the flyweight division three years ago. At UFC 215: Nunes vs. Shevchenko 2, Amanda Nunes defeated Valentina Shevchenko for the second time in what was the closest …

Amanda Nunes has an interesting take on why Valentina Shevchenko decided to move down to the flyweight division three years ago. At UFC 215: Nunes vs. Shevchenko 2, Amanda Nunes defeated Valentina Shevchenko for the second time in what was the closest fight of Nunes’s bantamweight title run. Nunes won a narrow split decision in […]

EXCLUSIVE | Valentina Shevchenko Wants Nunes Trilogy To Happen ‘Naturally’

Valentina ShevchenkoValentina Shevchenko is not in a rush to complete her trilogy with Amanda Nunes. The UFC flyweight champion made an impressive fifth defence of her title this past weekend. Shevchenko dominated former strawweight queen, Jessica Andrade, before finding a finish in the second round. Post-fight, talk quickly turned to a trilogy with dual weight UFC […]

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Valentina Shevchenko is not in a rush to complete her trilogy with Amanda Nunes.

The UFC flyweight champion made an impressive fifth defence of her title this past weekend. Shevchenko dominated former strawweight queen, Jessica Andrade, before finding a finish in the second round.

Post-fight, talk quickly turned to a trilogy with dual weight UFC champion, Amanda Nunes. Dana White wasn’t too keen on making the bout anytime soon. The UFC president insisted he would only match the two best fighters in WMMA if they both explicitly asked for the fight.

“(They should have) their own legacies. They fought a couple times. People can think whatever they want. There’s always going to be somebody else coming up (to challenge Shevchenko). There’s always a new contender. And it’s not Valentina’s fault that she’s one of the all-time baddest women on this planet. So making her move up to 135 pounds just doesn’t make sense when she did it twice.”

During a recent interview with LowKickMMA, Shevchenko gave her thoughts on a potential trilogy fight with Nunes and when it might happen.

“If everything is gonna be the same way, she continues to be successful and for me the same. It’s gonna happen naturally, without someone to force this,” Shevchenko said. “Without someone to put pressure. Without clamouring, like, ‘give me this fight! I need this fight!’ No. I think even more interesting it’s going to be if it happens naturally. When there is like no other. This is the only one fight to make happen. I think it’s going to be even bigger then.”

The 125lb champion will now take some time away from the sport to travel before returning to the Octagon later this year.

“End of summer,” Shevchenko said when asked when she will next fight. “Yeah. I think that way I will have time to travel, to discover more places, more interesting stuff to do. And then to prepare for the fight too.”

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Dana White: Nunes-Shevchenko Trilogy Fight Not Likely Anytime Soon

Dana WhiteDana White has spoken; he will not book a trilogy fight between the two most dominant UFC women’s champions anytime soon. That is, of course, unless both champions want it. Shevchenko (21-3 MMA, 10-2 UFC) put on a dominant performance at UFC 261. She earned a first-round stoppage former strawweight champion, Jessica Andrade (21-9 MMA, 12-7 […]

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Dana White has spoken; he will not book a trilogy fight between the two most dominant UFC women’s champions anytime soon. That is, of course, unless both champions want it.

Shevchenko (21-3 MMA, 10-2 UFC) put on a dominant performance at UFC 261. She earned a first-round stoppage former strawweight champion, Jessica Andrade (21-9 MMA, 12-7 UFC). In the wake of her domination of Andrade, the media asked White about a trilogy between the two champions. (H/T MMA Junkie)

“(They should have) their own legacies. They fought a couple times. People can think whatever they want. There’s always going to be somebody else coming up (to challenge Shevchenko). There’s always a new contender. And it’s not Valentina’s fault that she’s one of the all-time baddest women on this planet. So making her move up to 135 pounds just doesn’t make sense when she did it twice.”

However, White went on to share that the trilogy isn’t entirely out of the realm of possibility. “If they both come to me and they both want to do it, then whatever – I’ll make it happen. But it’s not something I’m thinking about.”

If Nunes is interested, it’s not the focus of her attention at this time. She’s preparing to defend her bantamweight title against Julianna Peña at UFC 265, after back-to-back defenses of her featherweight belt.

Nunes also holds wins over Shevchenko in both of their previous fights.  

While Shevchenko would like to, admittedly, exact her revenge, she’s in no rush to do it anytime soon.

“My career is not going to be over soon,” Shevchenko said. “I plan to fight for a long time. This fight is just going to happen. I’m not going to push it and say, ‘Give me Amanda right now. I’m going to break her face.’ This fight is just going to happen. It’s going to happen just naturally when everyone feels like there’s no more. Only this fight makes sense for everyone. When the fans, when the UFC when Dana White thinks we need this fight.”

“When it’s time to happen, it’s going to be something big and huge – and I’ll be ready for it. I’m already for it – but I’ll be sure to gain some pounds back.”

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