Following her blitzkrieg of former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) bantamweight titlist Ronda Rousey in the main event at UFC 207, incumbent 135 champ Amanda Nunes has now set her sights on the women’s 145 strap, and in doing so, is in the enviable position of accomplishing a feat no one else has achieved save for Conor McGregor.
“Maybe I’ll go up to fight for the 145-pound belt. We’ll see. Maybe I’m going to have two belts like Conor McGregor,” Nunes told TMZ in a recent interview, per Damon Martin of FOX Sports.
The inaugural women’s featherweight title tilt is scheduled to kick off at UFC 208 – Feb. 11, 2017 at the Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York.
Erstwhile 135 lb titlist Holly Holm, and Germaine de Randamie have been bestowed with the honour of vying for the coveted strap. A strap no less, that women’s pound-for-pound queenpin Cristiane “Cris Cyborg” Santos had first dibs on, however, that fell through because of this.
As is common knowledge now, “The Notorious” smoked Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 to capture the lightweight crown to add to his featherweight belt (which he begrudgingly relinquished), thus becoming the first simultaneous two-division champ in the organizations short history.
If “The Lioness” should complete the double, she’d have made her own history – first ever UFC women’s dual champion. Though for now, the 28-year-old American Top Team (ATT) resident is content to wait it out while she recharges her batteries.
“Honestly, I want to take a little time, enjoy it a little bit but I really look forward to this 145-pound belt,” she said.
Nunes’ chances of a second belt are not set in stone just yet, as former foe, and the divisions’ No. 1 contender Valentina Shevchenko, will duke it out with Julianna Peña at UFC on FOX 23 for the right to challenge the Brazilian sensation.
Nunes (14-4, 7-1 UFC) currently has the hottest win streak in the women’s 135 division – 5-0.