Amanda Nunes retires following her commanding victory against Irene Aldana in UFC 289
The 35-year-old is the only woman to have held two titles in the organization and is widely recognized as the finest women’s mixed martial artist ever.
She declared it to be her final fight after winning at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, Canada, and laid down her two belts in the middle of the floor.
She declared, “Tonight is the ideal night to retire.”
“My mother has been begging me to do this for a very long time. She is at her wits’ end. I want to take pleasure in all I have created. With my family, I want to travel a little.
“When I was very young, I left my family in Brazil to pursue this goal, but I never imagined that one day I would win a championship. But it was incredible when I won the title.
“I’m from a little, unnamed place in Brazil, yet I came here and succeeded as a champion. I’m leaving now. I’m grateful.
By scores of 50-44, 50-44, and 50-43, Nunes successfully defended her bantamweight title while dominating the fight.
Over the course of his illustrious career, which lasted 15 years and 27 fights, Nunes held two of the most lopsided title reigns in UFC history. She has defeated many past champions over her career, including Cris Cyborg, Ronda Rousey, and Valentina Shevchenko.