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One of the most acclaimed fighters in MMA history, Amanda Nunes has the skills and power to back up her reputation. She became a two-division champion in the UFC and the only fighter to defend two belts while simultaneously holding them. 

The 35-year-old has managed to dominate everyone that has come her way. Nunes holds multiple records, including the most finishes (10) in UFC women’s history, and the most wins (12) in the bantamweight division. Even in the latter half of her career, Nunes doesn’t appear to be slowing down. 

Married to MMA fighter Nina Nunes (formerly Ansaroff), the two have a child together (with one on the way). She has fought not only for legacy but for family. 

After beating Julianna Pena to reclaim the gold she took from her, Nunes looks to continue her path of destruction as she defends the UFC bantamweight title against Irene Aldana at UFC 289 on June 10.  

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The Sporting News looks into the career of Nunes, from where she started to how she became one of the most successful MMA fighters in the world.

What titles has Amanda Nunes won? 

Amanda Nunes has been the UFC featherweight champion since 2018. 

She is also a two-time UFC bantamweight champion, first winning that particular title in 2016. After losing the belt to Julianna Pena in 2021, she rebounded and beat her to regain it the following year. 

Outside of MMA, Nunes also won gold at the Pan American Jiu-Jitsu Championship in 2008 and became a world champion in the lightweight division of the North American Grappling Association. 

What is Amanda Nunes’ MMA record? 

Making her pro debut in 2008, Nunes has a 22-5 record, with 13 wins via knockout. 

After losing her first fight to Ana Maria, Nunes won six in a row, including a victory over future champion Julia Budd in Strikeforce. She went 1-1 in Invicta before joining the UFC in 2013. That year, the Brazilian beat Sheila Gaff and former champion Germaine de Randamie via TKO before losing to Cat Zingano.

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Following that loss, Nunes went on a wild run, winning 12 in a row. She was undefeated from 2015 to 2021. Her resume during that time includes wins over Valentina Shevchenko (2x), Miesha Tate, Ronda Rousey, Raquel Pennington, Cris Cyborg, Holly Holm, and de Randamie. In 2016, Nunes beat Tate to become the UFC bantamweight champion, and that same year she knocked Ronda Rousey into retirement. 

In 2018, Nunes took out the legendary Cyborg to become the featherweight champion. Nunes defended the featherweight title against Felicia Spencer and Megan Anderson with ease, becoming the first UFC fighter to hold gold in two weight divisions and simultaneously defend them.

Following a run-in with COVID-19, Nunes lost the bantamweight belt to Julianna Pena in December 2021. Contemplating retirement, Nunes stuck around and won the belt back with force in July 2022 at UFC 277.

A trilogy bout fell through when Pena broke a rib, allowing Aldana to step in. 

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