Former UFC women’s pound-for-pound champion Amanda Nunes is looking to make a change after she suffered a devastating loss against Julianna Pena in December of last year.
Pena submitted Nunes in the middle of the second round and stripped the UFC women’s bantamweight belt off of Amanda Nunes. Now, the former two-belt champion is reportedly leaving her longtime training home the American Top Team.
Amanda Nunes parted ways with the American Top Team facility along with her partner Nina Nunes. With her help Amanda Nunes intends to form her own team.
Amanda Nunes has trained at American Top Team since 2014. The following year, The Lioness began a run that saw her go undefeated for six years. She is still the Women’s featherweight champion but the division appears to be in disarray.
American Top Team is one of the most renowned MMA gyms in the world. It has hosted many popular and successful fighters such as the former UFC champions Tyron Woodley, Joanna Jędrzejczyk, Junior dos Santos, Dustin Poirier, Jorge Masvidal, Kayla Harrison, and the current light heavyweight champion Glover Teixeira.
Amanda Nunes had an amazing win streak of 12 wins from 2005 on. After the devastating loss against Pena neither Nunes nor her coaches have said anything about her performance.
It is safe to assume that the 33-year-old Brazilian is looking for a and fresh start. So far, Amanda Nunes has professional MMA records consisting of 21 wins and 5 losses. It’s fairly certain that the public excitement around her potential matchup against former teammate Kayla Harrison played a part in her leaving. Harrison’s star is on the rise but in spite of that she has mostly been positive toward Nunes in the media. By the looks of things Harrison is closer to resigning with PFL than she is to joining the UFC.
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