The UFC champion Amanda Nunes’ next fight is against Juliana Pena to defend her light-heavyweight title at UFC 265 event. The upcoming UFC event does not have an official date or location yet, but its tentative date is August 7, 2024.
Nunes (21-4) is considered the best female fighter of all time. She won the UFC light heavyweight title in July 2016 and has successfully defended five times. In December 2018, she defeated Chris “Cyborg” Justino in the 145-pound division and defended this belt twice.
Nunes was born in Brazil and is currently fighting outside of southern Florida. In December 2019, when she played Germaine de Randamie was her latest fight in the 135-pound division. She only fought once in 2024 and last fought in March this year. Both titles were 145-pound matches.
Nunes, 32, hinted at a brawl in a social media post on Thursday. Nunes wrote in Portuguese that “something new is coming.” “Let’s go further”.
Pena is a former winner of “The Ultimate Fighter” reality series and holds a 6-2 record in the UFC.
“The Ultimate Fighter” 18 winner Pena has won 2 of their last 3 matches. After defeating Nico Montano in July 2019, Pena returned in October 2024 and was submitted by Germaine de Randamie. Most recently, Pena submitted Olympic athlete Sarah McMann in the first round against UFC 257 in January.
After winning, Pena grabbed the microphone and then called Nunes. Shortly after Nunes defeated Anderson, Pena challenged the champion again on Twitter. Pena believes that a fight between both of them would be one that the double champion has yet to see in the cage.
I’m 9-2 in the UFC, and Amanda has one more victory than I do,” Pena told MMA Junkie in March. “I’ve been fighting in this UFC division just as long as she has. … I feel like stylistically, I’m the worst possible matchup for her.
I’m her kryptonite. I do believe that she knows that because every time I fight, she always says, ‘One more, and you’ve got to fight one more, and you’ve got to fight one more.’ It’s like, you didn’t make Felicia Spencer fight one more time. You didn’t make Megan Anderson fight one more. You didn’t make Holly fight one more, but for some reason, I’ve got to fight one more.
“I’m excited, pumped and ready to go,” Pena also told ESPN. “This opportunity at a UFC title is what I’ve wanted in this sport all along.”