Going into 2017, UFC women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes is riding the momentum of a dominant 2016, where she went 3-0, winning the UFC women’s bantamweight championship before then defending her belt for the first time at UFC 207, where she handed former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey her second straight loss.
Following the fight, Nunes revealed her plans to reign over the women’s bantamweight division as a dominant champion, while expressing her desire to make a run at the women’s featherweight title, which will be contested by Holly Holm and Germaine de Randamie at UFC 208 in February. With that being said, according to Nunes, she doesn’t plan on sticking around for too long.
She spoke on ESPN:
“Forever. Until I retire. I will comeback here and prove that,” Nunes said about how long she would be keeping her UFC belt.
Nunes was then asked about her plans for eventually retiring, to which she left fight fans stunned as she proclaimed:
“I don’t know, maybe in a couple of fights,” she said about plans of hanging up the gloves. “Three, two more. I want to have a family. Fighting and having a family at the same time is difficult.”
“I want to keep making history. It never happened in the UFC, with women fighting (and being champion) in two divisions. I want to be the first one,” she said. “If they give me the opportunity, I will take it”
While of course there are many variables regarding how quickly, or how long, it could take a fighter to have 2-3 fights, we very well could see Nunes walking away from the sport to start a family of her own within the next 1-2 years if she decides to stick with her plan of only sticking around for 2-3 more fights.
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 1/21/2017.