“That actually drives me nuts” – Dana White reacts to Amanda Nunes contemplating retirement after achieving everything she’s wanted.
Amada Nunes is possibly the greatest female fighter in the UFC at the moment. She is UFC’s first and only two division women’s champion. The UFC Women’s featherweight and bantamweight title holder has impressive victories over the likes of Cris Cyborg, Ronda Rousey, Miesha Tate, Holly Holm and she’s still only 32.
However, she has hinted at retirement after claiming she has achieved everything she’s wanted. UFC President Dana White usually recommends retirement to those who have already contemplated it. That does not seem to be the case with Nunes though.
Dana White reacts to Amanda Nunes contemplating retirement
“I will kill her,” White joked on the Schmozone Podcast. “I literally just told Sean [Shelby] and Mick [Maynard] in the last meeting, let’s get this [featherweight] division built for her. Let’s build this division for her and let’s start figuring this out. Now she’s talking about retiring?
“You know what’s awesome about that when you think about it — her retiring isn’t awesome, that actually drives me nuts. You know how I always say if you’re talking about retirement, you probably should … unless you’re where she’s at. It’s like what I said about [Daniel] Cormier when he was talking about retiring a couple of years ago.”
The UFC head honcho took the opportunity to get one over Jon Jones and Jorge Masvidal, both of whom have had a very public falling out with White over contract renegotiations.
“In this time when I’ve got guys crying about money, one of our female fighters who could go on and keep doing this for a long time is saying maybe I retire now,” White said. “She’s got plenty of money and she can do it.”
It remains to be seen if Nunes actually decides to hang her gloves for good. At the very least however, it is likely that she will sit out the remainder of 2020 as she prepares the arrival of her child with wife and fellow UFC fighter Nina Ansaroff.
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