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FanSided MMA Awards: Amanda Nunes named female fighter of the year for 2018.
It’s been quite a year for Amanda Nunes, and it all happened in just the nick of time. Nunes became the first-ever female dual weight class champion when she defeated former long-time champion Cris “Cyborg” Justino to become the UFC featherweight champion which simultaneously holding her UFC bantamweight title. She made history just days before the New Year.
There are no other women that come even close to accomplishing what Nunes did, which makes her a no-brainer to be named FanSided MMA’s Female Fighter of the Year.
Nunes is the first openly gay UFC champion and the first dual champion from Brazil. She joins the ranks of former UFC featherweight and lightweight champion Conor McGregor and the former light heavyweight and heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier who also held two titles at the same time. McGregor currently holds no titles and Cormier relinquished his light heavyweight strap making Nunes the lone current champ-champ.
She could potentially be considered the greatest female fighter of all time after defeating Justino, who was previously thought to be unbeatable. Justino hasn’t lost a fight in over 10 years and Nunes went up in weight to face the unstoppable champion.
It took Nunes just under one minute to drop Justino and end a massive win streak.
Nunes also holds the rights to retiring another long-time champion — Ronda Rousey. She also holds wins over Miesha Tate, Raquel Pennington and Valentina Shevchenko.
Our honorable mention goes to Bellator’s Ilima-Lei Macfarlane who has been sweeping her way through the promotions flyweight division. She defended her title twice this year winning bouts with Alejandra Lara and Valérie Létourneau and single-handedly brought the promotion to Hawaii for the first time. She remains undefeated and it looks as though nothing (and no one) will stop her anytime soon.