Amanda Nunes departs from MMA after a strong victory over Irene Aldana at UFC 289.
Amanda Nunes, a UFC fighter, has declared her retirement following a convincing victory over Irene Aldana at UFC 289.
The 35-year-old is largely regarded as the greatest female MMA fighter of all time, and she is the only woman to have held two belts in the promotion.
She laid down her two titles in the center of the canvas after her victory at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, Canada, and stated it was her final battle.
“Tonight is the perfect night to retire,” she declared.
“My mother has been begging me to do this for a long time.” She can’t stand it any longer. I want to enjoy what I’ve created. I’d like to spend some time traveling with my family.
“I left my family in Brazil when I was very young to pursue this dream, but I never imagined I would become a champion.” But it was incredible when I became a champion.
“I’m from a small city in Brazil that no one knows the name of, but I came here and became a champion.” I’m leaving now. Thank you very much.”
Nunes dominated the fight and successfully defended her bantamweight title, winning by scores of 50-44, 50-44, and 50-43.
Nunes’ illustrious career has spanned 15 years and 27 fights, with two of the most dominant title reigns in UFC history. She has defeated a slew of previous champions, including Cris Cyborg, Ronda Rousey, and Valentina Shevchenko.
She was supposed to meet Julianna Pena in a trilogy bout last month, but the former champion backed out due to injury and was replaced by Aldana.