UFC double champ Amanda Nunes considering retirement

Amanda Nunes may have made history by becoming the UFC’s first female double champion in December, adding the featherweight belt to her bantamweight championship by knocking out Cris Cyborg, but she has indicated she could hang up the gloves soon after speaking with her family.

Nunes visited family in her native Brazil shortly after her December victory over Cyborg and says her mother advised her to retire from MMA immediately.

“I went home to see my family and stay a little bit with my family and my mom (said), ‘I think you should retire,’” Nunes told reporters at UFC Fortelaza on Saturday. [via MMAJunkie]

“(She said), ‘You’ve done everything in the sport already, you’ve got everything you want, you’re double champion and I feel like you should take a little bit.

“Maybe if you want to fight one more time and take a little break, maybe after a long break come back and fight one more time, but I feel like you should.’ I think (about it) a little bit. We’ll see with this next stage what’s going on.”

Despite her mother’s words and subsequent consideration of retirement, there are two fights which remain interesting for Nunes – a rematch with Cyborg and a fight with former UFC bantamweight champion Holly Holm.

“Let’s see what’s going to happen. I think this fight is very interesting. Holly Holm is the only fighter who is a former champions who I didn’t fight her. That would be an interesting fight for sure.”

 

 

Jake Hughes

Jake Hughes

Jake Hughes is an MMA writer who has covered the sport since 2013 for publications such as Vice Sports, Fightland, Sherdog and now Fighters Only, where he serves as freelance digital editor.