October 20, 2021

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Amanda Nunes exams constructive for COVID-19 Bantamweight title defense vs. Julianna Pena off

Amanda Nunes, the pound-for-pound ideal feminine fighter in the UFC, will have to hold out a small more time for the future protection of her bantamweight championship.

She tested beneficial for COVID, UFC chief company officer Hunter Campbell advised ESPN on Thursday, cancelling her battle with Julianna Peña that was scheduled for Aug. 7 in Houston in the co-most important occasion of UFC 265.

Campbell mentioned the system is to reschedule the bout when Nunes is absolutely nutritious and completely ready to contend. Derrick Lewis satisfies Ciryl Gane for the interim UFC heavyweight championship in the major event of a 5-combat fork out-for each-view card. A replacement bout hasn’t been established still.

Nunes, considered the biggest women’s MMA fighter of all time, (21-7) also holds the UFC’s featherweight championship, the initial female in the UFC to claim titles in two pounds lessons. The 33-calendar year-old is coming off a March tap-out victory in excess of Megan Anderson, her 12th consecutive acquire in the Octagon. She’s missing only just one UFC battle, a third-round TKO to Cat Zingano at UFC 178.

Pena (11-4), UFC’s No. 5 bantamweight, owns a gain over not only Zingano but also Jessica Eye. This was established to be Pena’s to start with UFC title shot, a battle in which Nunes was close to a 7-1 preferred.

The Brazilian scored a win around Valentina Shevchenko (No. 2 in ESPN’s pound-for-pound rankings) just before publishing Miesha Tate in the to start with-spherical to gain her very first UFC championship. Nunes capped her breakout 2016 marketing campaign with a third victory, this time a TKO of celebrity fighter Ronda Rousey in just 48 seconds that noticed her increase to prominence.

Nunes in no way looked back again, becoming a two-division champ with a first-spherical KO of Cris Cyborg. She also owns a victory (or two) in excess of four fighters on ESPN’s pound-for-pound record (Holly Holm and Germaine de Randamie are the other people.) The combat with Pena was slated to be Nunes’ sixth protection of the bantamweight championship, and her initial combat at 135 kilos given that a December 2019 victory around Randamie. Nunes’ last two Octagon outings had been at 145, prosperous defenses of her featherweight title above Felicia Spencer and Anderson.

Pena notched a third-spherical submission victory around Sara McMann in January. The 31-yr-outdated American’s two UFC defeats came against Shevchenko and de Randamie. Pena is the initially woman to acquire The Ultimate Fighter.

There is certainly no timeline for the rescheduled bout amongst Nunes and Pena.