UFC 245: Amanda Nunes Set to Defend Title Against Germaine De Randamie

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A title fight is heading to UFC 245 as Amanda Nunes defends her bantamweight strap against Germaine De Randamie.

ESPN’s Brett Okamoto first reported the addition of the title fight to UFC 245.

With Cris Cyborg out of the picture, Amanda Nunes will stay at 135-pounds and take on rightful top contender and former featherweight champion Germaine De Randamie. The fight is not expected to be the main event. The fight is also a rematch of a November 2013 bout in which Nunes knocked out GDR in the first round.

Amanda Nunes is far and away the greatest female mixed martial artist of all time. Since entering the UFC in 2013, the Brazilian has been virtually unstoppable outside of a miraculous come-from-behind loss to Cat Zingano. Nunes is 11-1 in the Octagon with nine stoppages (both times she went to a decision were against flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko). On her current nine-fight win streak, Nunes has defeated a who’s who in MMA including Ronda Rousey, Cris Cyborg, Holly Holm, and Meisha Tate. In 2016, Nunes won the bantamweight title, then three defenses and two years later, knocked out Cyborg to win the featherweight belt. Nunes returned to bantamweight for her last defense, knocking out Holm with a head kick in the first round.

Germaine De Randamie is an excellent striker with extensive Muay Thai experience. Those skills have transferred over to MMA smoothly, as the Dutch fighter is undefeated in five fights since the aforementioned 2013 loss to Nunes. Her list of most recent victims is unmatched at bantamweight, as De Randamie has defeated Aspen Ladd, Raquel Pennington, and Holly Holm in her last three fights.

UFC 245 takes place on December 14 from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Just one other fight is linked to the card thus far, and that is a flyweight bout between Jessica Eye and Viviane Araujo.