The shocking news of Amanda Nunes retirement after her blowout win over Irene Aldana at UFC 289 has sent shockwaves through the UFC community.
Nunes, who had been one of the UFC’s most dominant fighters, is a two-division champion and the only female fighter to hold two titles concurrently. Her retirement announcement came as a surprise to many, as Nunes had been on an incredible win streak and seemed to be at the top of her game.
1) Amanda Nunes defeats Irene Aldana by TKO in the first round
In what turned out to be her final fight in the UFC, Amanda Nunes showcased why she was the greatest women’s MMA fighter of all time. She faced off against Irene Aldana, who had won her last two fights in impressive fashion. However, Nunes proved too much for her opponent to handle.
From the outset, Nunes was aggressive and landed some heavy shots. She landed a beautiful counter right hook, followed by a series of punches that had Aldana in trouble.
The Brazilian continued to pour on the pressure, and Aldana couldn’t withstand the onslaught. With just over three minutes left in the first round, Nunes finished the fight with a ground and pound, earning the TKO victory.
The win took Nunes’ record to 23-5 and marked her fifth consecutive title defense at bantamweight. However, what came as a shock to the MMA world was Nunes’ retirement announcement.
She walked away from the sport at just 35 years old, leaving behind an incredible legacy.
While the announcement was unexpected, Nunes revealed that she wanted to focus on her family and start a new chapter in her life. Her career has been nothing short of remarkable, and she has been a pioneer for women’s MMA. It’s difficult to imagine a future without Amanda Nunes in the Octagon, but she will undoubtedly continue to inspire future generations of fighters.
2) Nunes retires after the fight, saying she wants to spend more time with her family
In a surprising turn of events, Amanda Nunes announced her retirement from professional fighting immediately after her impressive victory over Irene Aldana at UFC 289.
Nunes cited a desire to spend more time with her family as the reason for her sudden retirement.
Nunes, who is considered one of the greatest female fighters of all time, has had an incredible career in the UFC, winning titles in two weight divisions and defeating some of the most dominant fighters in the sport. Her retirement comes as a shock to many fans who were hoping to see her continue her reign of dominance in the octagon.
During the post-fight press conference, Nunes spoke about her decision to retire and how much she cherishes the time she spends with her family. “I have achieved everything I wanted to achieve in this sport,” she said.
“But nothing compares to the time I spend with my wife and daughter. They are the most important thing in my life and I want to make sure I have more time to be with them.”
While it is certainly a loss for the UFC and its fans, it is understandable that Nunes would want to step away from the sport and focus on her family. Her retirement marks the end of an era in women’s MMA and serves as a reminder that, at the end of the day, there are more important things in life than fighting.