In a shocking turn of events, Amanda Nunes, who is regarded as one of the greatest female mixed martial artists of all time has declared her retirement immediately after successfully defending her bantamweight title against Irene Aldana at UFC 289 on Saturday night.
The 35-year-old Brazilian powerhouse, who also holds the featherweight title, delivered a dominant performance, securing a first-round TKO victory over Aldana and elevating her professional record to an impressive 23-5.
At the end of the game, Nunes placed her gloves in the center of the octagon and emotionally revealed her decision to retire. With pride and weariness, she said, "Double champion forever, baby. I'm here to say that I'm retiring today. I've been doing this for a long time and am tired. I'm ready to move on to the next chapter of my life."
Many of Amanda's fans have been surprised by her decision but there had been subtle hints in the past that she was considering hanging up her gloves. Now, it seems she has reached a point where she feels ready to embrace a new chapter outside of the fighting realm.
Nunes leaves an indelible mark on the sport, establishing herself as one of the most dominant fighters in UFC history. Notably, she is the only athlete to hold two UFC titles simultaneously and has successfully defended both titles multiple times, solidifying her legendary status.
Nunes played a crucial role in advancing women's MMA. As one of the first female fighters to sign with the UFC, she helped pave the way for the recognition and growth of the sport among female athletes.
Her accomplishments are a two-time UFC champion, a professional record of 23-5, an undefeated 12-0 in UFC fights, and the possessor of the longest active win streak in UFC history with an incredible 14 victories.
Nunes' retirement represents a significant loss for the UFC, as she leaves behind a captivating legacy and a legion of devoted fans worldwide. Her remarkable skills, fierce determination, and unyielding dominance have made her an icon in the sport.