Amanda Nunes to Defend 145-Pound Belt Against Megan Anderson at UFC 256 on Dec. 12

By: Jay Pettry
Aug 21, 2020

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Ultimate Fighting Championship two-division champ Amanda Nunes will stay at featherweight for her next title defense.

ESPN announced on Friday that Nunes (20-4) will put her featherweight throne up for grabs against Megan Anderson (11-4) in December. The two will square off at the newly announced UFC 256, which will go down on Dec. 12 at an undetermined location. The two have agreed to the match, and it is not certain whether they will be headlining the pay-per-view event.

Nunes is on an unprecedented 11-fight win streak, where “The Lioness” has claimed the pelts of most of the greatest female fighters to ever compete in the sport. Across that stretch, she has won eight title fights – more than any female UFC fighter and behind only six men in UFC history – on her way to becoming the 10th fighter with the organization to amass a win streak above 10 straight. When Nunes overwhelmed Felicia Spencer in June, she marked herself as the first fighter in company history to ever record defenses while holding titles in two weight classes.

Since a first-round submission defeat to Spencer in May 2019, Anderson has rattled off back-to-back first-round finishes of Zarah Fairn dos Santos and Norma Dumont Viana. Although both of those opponents relatively inexperienced, the Aussie handed Fairn dos Santos her first stoppage loss and was the first woman to defeat Dumont. The former Invicta Fighting Championships featherweight queen won that strap when she knocked out Charmaine Tweet, and was later upgraded from interim to undisputed champion. She did not defend it, instead getting called up to the Las Vegas-based promotion to take on Holly Holm -- Anderson lost by decision.

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