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Aussie Megan Anderson Will Not Be Fighting Amanda Nunes At UFC 256

Aussie Megan Anderson Will Not Be Fighting Amanda Nunes At UFC 256

Megan Anderson's shot at UFC gold will have to wait - for now.

The Australian fighter's title bout against featherweight queen and dual-division champ Amanda Nunes has been cancelled.

Amanda Nunes is the best female fighter on the planet and set for another big year
Amanda Nunes is the best female fighter on the planet and set for another big year

The pair were set to go toe-to-toe in the headline fight at UFC 256 in Las Vegas, but according to reports Nunes withdrew for "undisclosed reasons."

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ESPN's Brett Okamoto first broke the news, but reports later surfaced suggesting Brazilian fan favourite Nunes had suffered an injury of some description - although this is still unconfirmed from The Lioness' camp.

Clearly gutted at the prospect of missing a title shot, Anderson initially took to Twitter by posting a couple of broken heart emojis.

But she later followed up with a second tweet sending lover to here opponent while confirming that UFC president Dana White wasn't scrapping the but entirely.

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"Wishing Amanda a speedy recovery," she said.

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"UFC are rescheduling the bout for a date early next year.

"The goal remains the same. We'll be ready..."

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As for the UFC 256 card, it is now without a headline - again!

Megan Anderson in action. Credit: PA
Megan Anderson in action. Credit: PA

Kamaru Usman vs Gilbert Burns for the welterweight title as originally pencilled in as main event

But it appears Petr Yan's first title defence against rising bantamweight star Aljamain Sterling will be raised to the headliner after initially being the co-main event with Nunes vs Anderson.

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Despite dealing with a global pandemic among other things, 2020 has been a stellar year for the UFC.

And seeing Nunes in action against Anderson would have been the icing on the cake for Dana White and Co.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Amanda Nunes, injury, Card, UFC, Australia, MMA, Dana White, Updates

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