Is Amanda Nunes The Greatest Woman Fighter Of All Time?
Back in 2016, Conor McGregor captured the lightweight title while being the reigning featherweight champion at the same time making himself the first man to hold two championship belts simultaneously. Daniel Cormier done the same thing 2 years later - not as featherweight champion (imagine that weight cut) but as light heavyweight champion and then he went on to become heavyweight champion as well. However, Amanda Nunes who is the current woman bantamweight champion took a risk and that risk was moving up to featherweight to try and dethrone a undestroyable cyborg - Cris Cyborg. Nunes did so in easy fashion making herself a double champion and surely that’s enough to make her the greatest woman fighter of all time but is she?
Amanda Nunes hasn’t lost a single fight since the September of 2014 and with good reason, she’s a fantastic fighter who has notable wins over previously mentioned Cris Cyborg, current women’s flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko (twice), Shayna Baszler, the first ever women’s featherweight champion Germaine De Randamie and the biggest name there is in women’s MMA: Ronda Rousey. 99 seconds was the combined time Nunes fought both Cyborg and Rousey which is a minute and 39 seconds which is far too short! Nunes is definitely one of a kind and it wasn’t until she beat Cris Cyborg that people were talking about her being an all time great. Even after the Rousey fight, people weren’t talking about her as an all time great which is bizarre as Rousey was an animal and in her title reign, was the GOAT but times change and it looks like she’s out of the running.
She might not be a draw but she definitely should be and after the destruction of Cyborg, I think she will be. Her next plans are to drop down to the women’s flyweight division and fight current champion, Valentina Shevchenko for a third time and despite being 2-0 against Shevchenko- it won’t be easy as this is in the women’s flyweight division and Shevchenko is the queen of that division. Yes, Cyborg was running the featherweight division but this is different, she put on weight for that fight but she will need to cut weight. It’s far easier moving up than it is moving down. Why do you think Cormier and McGregor became double champs? Because they moved up, look at TJ Dillashaw for instance - he was killing the bantamweight division and then moved down and got ruined in the first round but can that happen to Nunes. It’s a possibility but in my opinion, Amanda Nunes is the greatest women’s fighter of all time and that is something that can be debated but as far as women fighters go, she’s the best.