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Report – Amanda Nunes Parts Ways With American Top Team Following 8-Year Tenure

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Ross Markey

Undisputed UFC featherweight champion, Amanda ‘The Lioness’ Nunes has reportedly parted ways with long-time home gym, American Top Team in Coconut Creek, Florida – ending an almost eight-year tenure at the facility. 

Nunes, a former two-weight UFC champion, dropped her undisputed bantamweight title in December at UFC 269 – suffering a stunning, massive upset submission loss to Julianna Pena in the event’s co-headliner. The loss came as Nunes’ first since her move to American Top Team back in 2014, and brought a crashing end to a staggering 12-fight winning spree. 

Per an initial report by Combate reporter, Raphael Marinho, Amanda Nunes is set to end her eight-year stint at American Top Team, in tandem with her partner and UFC strawweight contender, Nina Nunes – with the view to creating her own team whilst remaining in the ‘Sunshine State’.

Nunes, a former trainee at MMA Masters in Hialeah, Florida, plyed her trade beneath coaches, Daniel Valverde, and Cesar Carneiro, before embarking on a 12-fight run under the tutelage of coaches at American Top Team, beginning in late 2014 following a stoppage loss to promotional veteran, Cat Zingano. 

Despite her bantamweight title loss to Washington native, Pena, Nunes still sits as the undisputed featherweight champion, after initially clinching the crown with a stunning first round knockout win over compatriot, Cris Cyborg back in December 2018.

Successfully defending the title twice since, Bahia striker, Nunes successfully scored a main event unanimous decision win over Felicia Spencer, before submitting Megan Anderson with a triangle armbar at UFC 259 in March.

Since her move to American Top Team, Nunes has also dispatched the likes of Germaine de Randamie for a second time, Valentina Shevchenko twice, as well as Ronda Rousey, Miesha Tate, Holly Holm, Sara McMann and Raquel Pennington.

Whilst yet to book her Octagon return, Nunes has openly welcomed an immediate bantamweight title rematch with the aforenoted, Pena — and recently opened as a betting favorite to dethrone the champion and regain her throne.

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