Late last year, in the main event of UFC 207, Amanda Nunes made her first defense of the women’s bantamweight title with a 48-second destruction of returning former champ Ronda Rousey. Shortly after this win, the champ began campaigning for a fight with the winner of UFC’s upcoming inaugural women’s featherweight title fight, which will pit former bantamweight champ Holly Holm against kickboxing veteran Germaine de Randamie. According to UFC president Dana White, however, Nunes might be getting a bit ahead of herself.
When asked about Nunes’ featherweight ambition at the post-fight press conference for the UFC’s Saturday return to Denver, White suggested that Nunes should defend her title before chasing additional titles in other divisions. While the UFC President has clearly forgotten that Nunes’ defeat of Rousey was a title defense (she won the title by submitting Miesha Tate in July), his message remained clear.
“Pump the brakes,” he said. “Pump the brakes.
“Let’s defend the title first. You know what I mean? Let her defend her title first. She hasn’t defended her title. Everybody wants to jump around these days. We need to start pumping the brakes around here.”
While White was way off in suggesting that Nunes has not yet defended her title, he was bang-on when he said that everybody wants to jump around these days.
In the same stretch that Nunes has called for a featherweight title fight, welterweight champion Tyron Woodley has called for a fight with middleweight champ Michael Bisping, and bantamweight champ Cody Garbrandt has called for a fight with featherweight champion Jose Aldo. All of these calls seemed to emerge from Conor McGregor‘s recent defeat of lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez, which occurred while he still owned the UFC’s featherweight crown.
Do you think Amanda Nunes should get a shot at the Holm vs. de Randamie winner, or are you with Dana White on this one? Sound off in the comments, PENN Nation!
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 1/29/2017.