Dana White knew if Amanda Nunes beat Julianna Pena at UFC 269 it could have very well set up a massive fight against Kayla Harrison.
Harrison is a current free agent after fighting out her PFL contract and is one of the biggest free agents in quite some time. With that, many wanted to see her sign with the UFC and face Nunes for the featherweight strap. Yet, after the Brazilian lost at UFC 269 to Pena, those plans may not happen, but if it did, White knows it would be a massive fight.
“Let me tell you what. If Amanda Nunes had won tonight, the Kayla Harrison fight would be one of the biggest fights that you would have ever seen,” White said after UFC 269.
Now that Nunes has lost, whether or not the UFC is still looking to sign Harrison is uncertain. Although she is a welcomed addition to the shallow featherweight division, the star power of a Nunes-Harrison fight is not as big. Had Nunes won, Dana White said they may have had a faceoff which would’ve made this fight a million-dollar scrap.
“These are those things, man. For like a Kayla Harrison, the Amanda Nunes fight was huge. I mean, if they would have faced off, it would have been a massive, you know, mega-million-dollar fight,” White claimed.
With Amanda Nunes losing to Julianna Pena at UFC 269 it’s likely her next fight is to rematch Pena for the bantamweight title. If the Brazilian reclaims her belt, then perhaps the Kayla Harrison fight does make sense as it still is a big fight even with the setback. Yet, for now, Nunes will take time with her family and asses her next move. Harrison, meanwhile, has still not signed with a promotion, and perhaps Nunes losing makes her decide to sign somewhere else.
Cole Shelton covers MMA for BJPenn.com, MMANews, and MyMMANews.com while also being the lead MMA odds writer for Sports Betting Dime