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5 reasons why Amanda Nunes should retire if she beats Julianna Pena at UFC 269

Scott Newman
SENIOR ANALYST

#4. Amanda Nunes is getting no younger and now has a family to think of

Amanda Nunes and her wife Nina are now proud parents
Amanda Nunes and her wife Nina are now proud parents

While Amanda Nunes certainly doesn’t appear to be slowing down at all and looked better than ever in her win over Megan Anderson at UFC 259, it’s worth noting that she is 33 years old.

Sure, that doesn’t necessarily mean that she’s out of her athletic prime just yet, but any fighter who is over the age of 30 and has been competing for well over a decade could fall off the cliff at any time.

More to the point, though, the 'Lioness’ doesn’t have just herself to think of these days. She married fellow UFC star Nina Nunes a few years ago and the couple had their first child in September 2020.

Welcome Baby LUKA 👶🏼 https://t.co/uLMI69daDX

In some ways, it might make sense for Amanda Nunes to continue to fight. After all, she’s a higher-level fighter than her wife and theoretically, her title defenses would earn her enough money to support her family comfortably.

However, the likelihood is that after years of being a UFC champion, Nunes has already earned enough money to ensure her family are comfortable. At this stage, as she reaches her mid-30’s, perhaps it’d be better for her to spend more time with her child rather than knock off the UFC’s contender of the month every so often.


#3. Amanda Nunes should aim to be more like GSP and less like Anderson Silva

Georges St-Pierre is a rare example of a fighter who went out on top
Georges St-Pierre is a rare example of a fighter who went out on top

When UFC fans look back at the great champions of the past, a number of names tend to stand out above the others. However, the one fighter who seems to be generally seen as the greatest UFC fighter of all time is Georges St-Pierre.

GSP ruled over the welterweight division from 2008 to 2013, making nine successful defenses of his UFC welterweight title in the process. However, the key reason why he’s considered the GOAT is the fact that he walked away while he was still at the top.

Sure, some fans might argue that he should’ve lost to Johny Hendricks in his final UFC welterweight title defense, but the fact is that he stepped away as a champion who’d avenged both of his career losses.

This Thursday, @GeorgesStPierre is set to take his rightful place amongst the legends in the UFC Hall of Fame.[ #UFCHOF | Hall of Fame Presented by @ToyoTires | Thursday 7:30pmPT | Live on @UFCFightPass | bit.ly/3yY52BH ] https://t.co/0Gmpx1qddI

Compare that to Anderson Silva, who was once considered ahead of GSP in that GOAT conversation prior to a late career slide but certainly wouldn’t be in the same slot now, and it’s easy to see why leaving at the top is a more attractive path.

For a fighter as good as Amanda Nunes, then, surely it’d make more sense to step away while the fans still see her as the greatest female fighter of all time, rather than sticking around for too long like Silva did, picking up bad losses and losing her luster in the process.

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