Amanda Nunes is the best female mixed martial artist to ever step inside the octagon. The Lioness became the first female double champ in the history of the UFC, and she has beaten every former champion of her division.
Despite all her accomplishments, she faced a major upset in her last title defense against Julianna Pena at UFC 269. Nunes was looking to run through Pena, but Pena gave her a tough competition and managed to secure a rear-naked choke to get the victory. Nobody believe what they saw, but Nunes remained gracious in her defeat and promised to be better.
Nunes has been reported to part ways with her long-time gym, American Top Team. Reports from various sources suggest that the former two-division champ and the current UFC featherweight champion is looking for a new home to train. Amanda Nunes has been a face of the ATT and has represented the gym since 2014. She moved to train at ATT after her loss against Cat Zingano, and now she’s moving again following another loss.
“It began creating a weird situation for me”- Amanda Nunes felt uncomfortable training in presence of the possible opponents
Now Nunes is starring against Pena for the latest installment of The Ultimate Fighter, and she talked about her decision to part ways with the UFC for the first time in front of the media, talking to MMA Fighting, she said, “There were no girls when I got to American Top Team. I was the first woman to bring two belts and put the women’s team in history. When Kayla got there and then Kunitskaya, it began creating a weird situation for me because that was my territory.”
She added, “Other bantamweights were coming. Kunitskaya, who was already at the top and could’ve been a future opponent with a win over Ketlen. She got there right, when she was close to becoming the next opponent. She showed up in the gym and I had a scare when I walked in. I was like, ‘No, it’s not possible.’ It was creating this situation already.”
“And then Kayla started talking. I was kind of, ‘Man, I’m not safe even in my territory.’ I was kind of cornered, even because we share the same coaches. She trains with Mike Brown and I train with Mike Brown. I was already training with them when she got there,” Nunes concluded.