UFC women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes has accepted a position with Invicta FC that will see her assist with matchmaking duties and help scout talent for the all-female organization.
Nunes (15-4 MMA, 8-1 UFC) is doing her best to help grow women’s MMA by pursuing a champion vs. champion showdown with featherweight titleholder Cris Cyborg. She wants to do more than that, though, and in her mind, helping mold the next generation of talent will prove beneficial.
Not only will Nunes provide matchmaking input for future Invicta FC cards effective immediately, but she will also serve as a talent scout for the promotion, particularly in her native Brazil.
Invicta FC released an interview with Nunes announcing the news, and the UFC champ explained how the partnership came together.
“I’ve started working with Invicta to be a part of the matchmaking team,” Nunes said. “It’s going to be awesome. I love to be the matchmaker for Invicta, from my experience and I have a lot of good talents in Brazil. I love to try to find new talent, and I think my friend talked to (promoter) Shannon (Knapp) about it, then Shannon texted me and offered me to be part of the team. I was very happy, and now I’m here. I love to do something with women’s MMA.”
Nunes, who is coming off a split-decision win over Valentina Shevchenko in September at UFC 215, is one of the most significant figures in women’s MMA history. She has headlined some of the most noteworthy cards in recent UFC history – including her UFC 207 destruction of Ronda Rousey – and said her goal is to further lay the foundation so other fighters get similar opportunities in the future.
Considering how much women’s MMA has flourished in the past half-decade, Nunes said she envisions a day in which the UFC puts on a fight card with only female athletes. She’s seen who the sport has developed already and believes she can help it get even bigger now that she’s working with Invicta FC.
“Since I’ve stepped here into this country, women’s MMA has changed a lot,” Nunes said. “I’m so happy to be a part of this and help this grow. All those girls have been putting in hard work and good fights in. All the fans love it. Some fans go only to watch the girls fight. I think soon, it’s going to be like UFC is only going to have a show for women’s MMA.”
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