Hello, it has come to our attention that some of you seem to have forgotten that Amanda Nunes is still the UFC women’s featherweight champion.
True, she lost the UFC women’s bantamweight title in a fight with Julianna Pena at UFC 269 last weekend, but you see the thing is that she had two. Titles, that is. UFC belts. She had two of those. She was the champ in two different weight classes, and she actively defended both titles. So now that she lost one she still has the other one. It’s still hers. She’s still the champ there.
We just thought we should remind people. Because some of you seem to need it.
For instance, there’s UFC President Dana White, who showed up at the post-fight press conference and immediately started acting like a fight between Nunes and current PFL lightweight kingpin Kayla Harrison had now been rendered obsolete.
“If Amanda Nunes had won tonight, the Kayla Harrison fight would be one of the biggest fights that you would have ever seen,” White told reporters. “… For like a Kayla Harrison, the Amanda Nunes fight was huge. I mean, if they would have faced off, it would have been a massive, you know, mega-million-dollar fight.”
See but the thing about that is though? If Harrison were to sign with the UFC, she would most likely enter the UFC’s 145-pound division. The UFC doesn’t currently have a 155-pound division for women, and Harrison has competed at 145-pounds in the past. She has never competed at 135 pounds in MMA, so it seems unlikely that the title picture there would affect her much.
And if it happened that Harrison came to the UFC 145-pound class? The current champ there is Amanda Nunes. So that would still be the fight.
We understand how people may have briefly forgotten this, what with all the excitement around Saturday’s fight. Pena taking the 135-pound title from Nunes, you know, that was pretty unexpected.
But the whole champ-champ thing means that Nunes has two belts. She can really only lose one at a time. The one she still has is the one Harrison would be most likely to challenge for.
The 145-pound title, that is. Which Nunes still holds. She’s still the champ there. Just so everybody knows.
Want to do a Nunes vs. Pena rematch first? That’s understandable. But acting like Nunes vs. Harrison is a ship that has sailed once and for all? That doesn’t make much sense. Because if Harrison were to come into the UFC and fight someone for the 145-pound women’s title, that person as of right now would be Nunes. Because she is, and we cannot stress this enough, still the champ there.
Anywho, this has just been a reminder. That Nunes is still the featherweight champ. Don’t forget now. You won’t forget, will you? Haha, nah. You won’t forget. You got it firmly established in the ol’ brain now. It’s in there. You’re not going to forget again. Right? Right.
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