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Amanda Nunes Has Stormed Into The Top Five Pound-For-Pound UFC Fighters

Amanda Nunes Has Stormed Into The Top Five Pound-For-Pound UFC Fighters

Amanda Nunes has stormed into the male-dominated top five pound-for-pound fighters in UFC after her stunning victory against Holly Holm at UFC 239.

The 'Lioness,' 31, successfully retained her bantamweight championship in Las Vegas with a first-round TKO victory.

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Nunes' performance has allowed her to climb to fifth place at the expense of Max Holloway, who has dropped to sixth in the UFC rankings.

UFC heavyweight champ Daniel Cormier, who will return to the octagon next month for a rematch with Stipe Miocic at UFC 241, remains at the top of the pile.

Behind 'DC' is fierce rival Jon Jones, who secured his 25th successful victory against Thiago Santos at UFC 239 last week.

Khabib Nurmagomedov secured the third spot and Henry Cejudo is in fourth place ahead of Nunes.

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Kamaru Usman, Dustin Poirier, Conor McGregor and Robert Whittaker all round off the top ten pound-for-pound fighters in UFC.

Nunes has climbed her way to the top of the women's division with superb first-round victories over Holm, Cris Cyborg and UFC legend Ronda Rousey.

And the Brazilian MMA superstar has further cemented her legacy by becoming the first woman in UFC to become a two-division champion and to hold two championships at the same time.

Nunes might be the leading female athlete in the division, but she is keen for a rematch with Cyborg.

However, UFC president Dana White has revealed that Cyborg, 34, doesn't want the fight.

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Credit: PA
Credit: PA
Credit: PA

"[Nunes] wants the Cyborg rematch," he said at UFC 239's post-fight press conference.

"We're down to make the Cyborg rematch. Cyborg always thinks that I'm being whatever to her or whatever.

"I'm not. I don't blame Cyborg for not wanting this fight. I don't blame her. I'm not trying to say anything about her.

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Credit: PA

"If she doesn't want it, that's fine. There's always somebody else. [Nunes] has got both belts and she's willing to defend them both. And she's healthy.

"This woman is tough, man. She's unbelievable -- pound-for-pound, one of the greatest of all time. But there will be somebody next.

"If Cyborg doesn't want the fight, then there's somebody next."

Agree or disagree with the top five pound-for-pound fighters?

Let us know in the comments.

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Topics: Khabib Nurmagomedov, Amanda Nunes, Conor Mcgregor, Jon Jones, Dustin Poirier, Daniel Cormier, Robert Whittaker, UFC News, Henry Cejudo, UFC, MMA

Adnan Riaz

Adnan Riaz is a journalist for SPORTbible. He studied for a B.A. in History at the University of York and followed it up with an M.A. in Multimedia Journalism at MMU. Before he started writing about sports, he spent over four years in the gaming press. He has worked for several publications, including Hardcore Gamer, LADbible and the Manchester Evening News. Follow him on Twitter to find out what he is working on next. Got a story tip for Adnan? Email him: [email protected]

 

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