UFC President Dana White has told UFC Women’s Bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes to ‘pump the brakes’ on her Featherweight title ambitions after Nunes said that she has plans on moving up to Featherweight to compete with the winner of Holly Holm and Germaine de Randamie.
Holm and de Randamie will fight for the inaugural UFC Women’s Featherweight Championship at UFC 208 next month and Nunes has declared her interest in fighting for the championship once it has been awarded to the winner of Holm and de Randamie.
The Bantamweight champion has said that she is looking to follow in the footsteps of UFC Lightweight champion Conor McGregor who simultaneously held both the Featherweight championship and Lightweight championship before he was stripped of the 145-pound strap in November.
“Conor McGregor did it,” said Nunes (via MMAjunkie).
“Everybody got so excited when Conor did it. I think, with me, I think they’ll be excited too.
“I feel like I want more challenges for my career. I know I can be a champion at 145 too.
“That’s why I pushed (it) on my Twitter and everywhere, and I hope Dana White can give me the opportunity. I will show him the real champion.”
White was less enthusiastic about Nunes’ hopes of fighting for the Featherweight crown stating that he would like to see Nunes defend her Bantamweight title first before even considering the move up to Featherweight.
“Pump the brakes,” said White at UFC Denver post-fight press conference. “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.”
Jack O’Toole, Pundit Arena