After originally being set for UFC 256 earlier this month, the women’s featherweight title fight between Amanda Nunes (20-4) and Megan Anderson (11-4) has a new date.
Per a report by ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, Nunes vs. Anderson will now take place on March 6, as part of the UFC 259 card.
When it finally comes to pass, it will be the second consecutive defense of Nunes’ 145lb title. Brazil’s “The Lioness” previously fought Felicia Spencer at UFC 250 in June. Given the lack of bodies at 145lbs in the UFC, a win over Anderson would mean Nunes had essentially cleaned out the division.
Australia’s Anderson had a rough start to her UFC tenure, losing a unanimous decision to Holly Holm in 2018. She bounced back with a win in controversial fashion over Cat Zingano, with the fight ending early due to a toe poke. A loss to Spencer followed, but Anderson now has two consecutive wins over Zarah Fairn and Norma Dumont — more or less the only other female fighters to consistently complete at featherweight in the UFC.
Nunes will enter UFC 259 on an 11-fight win streak, and holds both the featherweight and bantamweight belts. During her current win streak, Nunes has defeated the likes of Ronda Rousey, Miesha Tate, Holly Holm, Germaine de Randamie, and Valentina Shevchenko, among others.
UFC 259 does not yet have an official location announced. The following fights have been reported for the event thus far:
Amanda Nunes vs. Megan Anderson
Aleksandar Rakic vs. Thiago Santos
Uroš Medic vs. Aalon Cruz
Randy Costa vs. Trevin Jones
Joseph Benavidez vs. Askar Askarov
Dominick Cruz vs. Casey Kenney
Jake Matthews vs. Sean Brady