The GOAT of women’s MMA will compete once more this calendar year. Dual division champ Amanda Nunes defends her featherweight belt against Megan Anderson at UFC 256. News of this December 12th bout was confirmed by ESPN’s Brett Okamoto via multiple sources. The location for the prizefight has not been determined as of this juncture. The likeliest spots for Amanda Nunes vs Megan Anderson would be either the UFC Apex or Fight Island.
Amanda Nunes vs Megan Anderson
An interesting note from Ariel Helwani, per multiple sources, is that this is the final fight on Megan Anderson’s contract.
Amanda Nunes vs. Megan Anderson for the women’s 145 title is happening on 12/12, per @bokamotoESPN.
You can make the argument that the fate of the women’s 145 division hangs on the result of this fight. This is the final fight on Anderson’s contract, per sources. (Cont’d)
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) August 21, 2020
This is a fight that many fans and pundits are looking at as a possible crossroads moment for the women’s featherweight division. An upset victory from Anderson could lead to a lucrative Nunes rematch and would also sustain the women’s 145 lb class at least for a bit longer. If Nunes wins, the featherweight landscape is pretty barren for would-be contenders and the promotion could potentially disband the weight division altogether.
The Aussie title contender has racked up back to back finishes leading into this championship bid. Megan Anderson picked up first-round victories over Zarah Fairn and Norma Dumont via triangle choke and right cross, respectively. This puts Anderson at 3-2 overall in her UFC efforts. The losses came to former featherweight title challengers Felicia Spencer and Holly Holm. A UFC 232 win over Cat Zingano took place between those two defeats.
Amanda Nunes is on an eleven fight win streak and has defended her UFC women’s bantamweight belt five times. Her lone loss in the UFC was to Cat Zingano in September 2014. Nunes is looking to notch the sophomore defense of her featherweight belt on the heels of her first successful defense. The Lioness maintained her grasp on the 145 lb title with a comprehensive performance against Felicia Spencer at UFC 250 via unanimous decision.