Amanda Nunes vs. Megan Anderson Title Fight Off UFC 256

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Per sources, UFC featherweight champion Amanda Nunes has withdrawn from her bout with Megan Anderson at UFC 256 on December 12 due to undisclosed reasons.

First reported by Brett Okamoto of ESPN, the title fight between reigning two-division champion Amanda Nunes and top featherweight contender Megan Anderson is off UFC 256 next month on December 12.  Nunes was forced to withdraw from the bout due to undisclosed reasons, per Okamoto.  Anderson also confirmed the news, stating on social media that a rescheduled fight date early next year is expected between the two.

Amanda Nunes (20-4) is on a historic run that has seen her set records for title victories for a female in the UFC after dominating the bantamweight division and claiming the featherweight championship.  Since 2015, Nunes has been perfect in recording victories over the likes of MMA superstar Ronda Rousey, longtime champion Cris Cyborg, current flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko, and former champions Holly Holm and Germaine de Randamie.  The fight with Anderson was to be her third in the featherweight division in the UFC.

Top contender Megan Anderson (11-4) has slowly regained the momentum she had when she was first signed by the promotion in 2018 after claiming the Invicta FC championship and becoming one of the top prospects in the sport.  Anderson went 1-2 in her first three UFC fights, falling to both Holm and Felicia Spencer and her lone victory coming by doctor stoppage due to an early toe-poke against Cat Zingano.  Back-to-back first round knockouts have re-injected momentum into Anderson’s title aspirations as stoppages over Norma Dumont and Zarah Fairn Dos Santos put her back in the conversation for a title shot.

UFC 256 will feature the bantamweight title fight between Petr Yan and Aljamain Sterling which is expected to be elevated to the headliner.  Currently, the card is set to go on with ten bouts.