UFC Bantamweight Champion Amanda Nunes Joins Invicta FC Athlete Development Team

UFC bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes
UFC bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes Credit: Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com

Invicta FC is back in business with Amanda Nunes!

Invicta FC announced an interesting move outside of the cage on Thursday. In a press release, the premiere all-women’s MMA organization unveiled that they have signed UFC bantaweight champion Amanda Nunes to the promotion’s athlete development team. Nunes is a former Invicta FC athlete, and has a long history with Invicta President Shannon Knapp.

According to Thursday’s release, the deal will “include assisting with the matchmaking process to create compelling fight cards and identifying the champions of tomorrow, specifically scouting talent in Brazil and the southeastern United States.” Nunes (15–4), a native of Brazil, made the move to Florida several years back. She captured the UFC bantamweight championship against Miesha Tate at UFC 200, then subsequently defended the title against both Ronda Rousey and Valentina Shevchenko.

Invicta FC President Shannon Knapp was quoted in Thursday’s release, saying “I’ve known and worked with Amanda for a long time, going all the way back to our Strikeforce days. She was already part of the Invicta family, but now it’s official; now it’s on paper.”

“I can’t think of a better ambassador for the sport and our organization.”

The UFC champion also commented on the deal. “I’ve been very fortunate throughout my career to fight for the best organizations in the world,” said Nunes. “In my new position, I hope to be able to use my experience as a fighter and a champion to help groom the next generation. I’m honored to be a part of their journey at Invicta.”

Nunes will be part of Invicta FC 27 in her first official duties for the promotion. She was also present at Invicta FC 26, serving as an in-cage interpreter for Jennifer Maia.