Published: Mon, March 12, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Amanda Nunes' Next Title Defense Set For UFC 224

Amanda Nunes' Next Title Defense Set For UFC 224

It's official - women's bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes will fight Raquel Pennington at UFC 224 on May 12th in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Since then, she has defended the belt twice, viciously putting a halt on Ronda Rousey's return at UFC 207, before edging Valentina Shevchenko over five rounds at UFC 215.

Her most high-profile fight came against Holly Holm at UFC 184 on February 28, 2015, a bout she lost after the judges ruled in favor of a split decision.

The UFC has officially announced Amanda Nunes' next opponent. She's has beaten Jessica Andrade, Bethe Correia, Elizabeth Phillips and Miesha Tate on her way to gaining a chance to fight for the title.

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For Nunes, the fight with Pennington will be the third attempted defense of her bantamweight title in a win streak that stretches six fights. Following Cyborg's TKO win over Yana Kunitskaya this past Saturday, White said he would consider making the super fight next. Nunes is now rising a six-fight win streak against absurd competition, beating Miesha Tate, Ronda Rousey, and Valentina Shevchenko twice. "I'm not calling [Nunes] out".

The showdown between UFC champions Amanda Nunes and Cris Cyborg will have to wait - if it happens at all. However, Cyborg expressed when asked about that possibility that it was just too soon. "I mean, (Cyborg) just fought, so once the adrenaline goes down, she's got to get checked out and make sure she's 100 percent". Going down on May 12th, the UFC 224 card will also feature Lyoto Machida fighting Vitor Belfort, along with Jacare Souza's clash with Kelvin Gastelum.

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