LAS VEGAS — As Amanda Nunes got a seat in the corner of a hotel ballroom, she passed a smile as she discerned at her UFC women’s bantamweight and featherweight championship belts taking a rest on a table.
She is the initial woman to be a two-division UFC champion and there is not much of an argument to be established against her being the amazing female MMA fighter ever.
Still, the official UFC 245 fight poster provided in the ballroom provides welterweight champion Kamaru Usman and Colby Covington on top in the prime event.
Below them is UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway and Alexander Volkanovski in the co-prime event. And at the end is Nunes and Germaine de Randamie.
It is just the fifth time the UFC has put on a card having three championship fights and the initial since 2017. But it is the first time Nunes, instead of winning nine in a row, has not been in the prime event or co-main event since bagging the bantamweight title in the prime event of UFC 200 more than three years ago.
“Honestly, if I was the initial flight of the night, I would protect my belt and I would be delighted,” Nunes said. “That is all that is of concern to me.”
Nunes’ resume is unmatched among female fighters. Not only did she win over Ronda Rousey, Cris “Cyborg” Justino, Holly Holm and Miesha Tate —she beat them all in the initial round. As nice as de Randamie is after winning five continuous fights and being undefeated from 2013, her final loss was to Nunes, who beat her in the initial round.
UFC 239 Nunes v Holm
Amanda Nunes’ résumé provides victories over Holly Holm, above, as well as Ronda Rousey, Miesha Tate and Cris “Cyborg” Justino. (Sean M. Haffey / Getty Images)
If Nunes, 31, were to back off now, her place in past and in the UFC Hall of Fame would be safe. At this point, she is fighting to balance her status.