Amanda Nunes ready for rematch following her loss at UFC 269

17:32, 14 December 2021
Amanda Nunes ready for rematch following her loss at UFC 269 Photo: Diego Ribas/Keystone Press Agency/Global Look Press

Brazilian former bantamweight champion Amanda “the Lioness” Nunes is fired up for the rematch against Julianna Pena following her recent loss in the second round at UFC 269, which was evaluated as one of the biggest upsets in UFC history.

The shocking loss of the dominating champion in the division has battered the MMA fans as only a few could expect such a result. Nunes couldn’t reach a success in punch exchanges against Pena, 32, as the American athlete took her down and forced the Brazilian fighter to tap in a sign of conceding. 

Nunes, 33, didn’t say much following her loss after she had been a champ for over five years in the division, but on Monday “the Lioness” made a post on Instagram when she assured her desire for a rematch.

“You guys think I’m going to go out unbalanced. I undoubtedly accept the rematch. Give me a little time to get my sh*t together and I will be back better than ever,” Nunes wrote.

Amanda Nunes had been a champ in bantamweight and featherweight divisions simultaneously before her loss at UFC 269. She had been holding the bantamweight belt since 2016, when she defeated Miesha Tate in the very first round at UFC 200 in Las Vegas. 

President of the UFC Dana White said following Nunes’ loss that if the Lioness had won over Pena, he would have faced PFL champ Kayla Harris granting Nunes a vast sum of money for the potential fight.

The main event of the evening was headlined by two lightweights Charles Oliveira and Dustin Poirier and the Brazilian champ could retain his title by defeating the American top-striker due to submission in the third round.