Only days after she claimed the most notable scalp of her professional career by ruthlessly finishing Ronda Rousey inside 48 seconds at UFC 207, women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes revealed an interest in pursuing a second world title.
“Honestly, I want to take a little time, enjoy it a little bit but I really look forward to this 145-pound belt,” Nunes told a TMZ reporter(via FoxSports).
“Maybe I’ll go up to fight for the 145-pound belt. We’ll see. Maybe I’m going to have two belts like Conor McGregor.”
Multiple uses of the word “maybe” and the utterance of the phrase “we’ll see” suggested that this was still a very vague plan. Nunes didn’t sound fully focused on her goal.
However, a recent tweet from ‘The Lioness’ suggests something else entirely. Like Conor McGregor before her, Nunes is determined to make history and she seems in a rush to do so.
On Saturday night, the Brazilian urged UFC president Dana White and matchmaker Sean Shelby to grant her the first shot at whomever emerges from the Holly Holm vs Germaine de Randamie bout on February 11th as the first ever UFC women’s featherweight champion.
“I’m ready to make wmma(women’s MMA) history,” wrote Nunes.
— Amanda Nunes (@Amanda_Leoa) January 15, 2017
McGregor became the first man to hold UFC titles in two separate weight-classes simultaneously when he decimated Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 last November, can Nunes replicate that feat in the women’s game?
Perhaps the more important question is, will the UFC allow her?
Super-fights and history-making feats are exciting, but they can cause chaos in multiple divisions. Company brass were willing to endure this chaos in order to give their biggest star what he wanted, but does Nunes have the sway to convince officials to allow her a similar opportunity? We will have to wait and see.