By Eugene Boicuks
Saturday night’s UFC 250 main event showed Amanda Nunes (20-4) defend her Featherweight title against the gritty Felicia Spencer (8-2), in a fight that was unsurprisingly one-sided. Nunes dominated her Canadian counterpart in just about every facet of the fight and went on to win by a landslide (50-44, 50-44, 50-45) on the judges’ scorecards.
It was simply a matter of how many 10-8 rounds Amanda Nunes could score, in a bout that lacked the usual excitement that is stereotypically synonymous with great UFC title fights. As the seconds ticked down, and a merciful end in sight for Spencer, Joe Rogan asked a simple, yet important question, “who is next? She cleaned out both divisions”.
The answer, right now, is nobody. From UFC President Dana White to some of the sport’s most knowledgeable minds like Daniel Cormier and Joe Rogan, there seemingly isn’t anyone that knows a fighter that could give Nunes a run for her money.
If you had to pick someone, Megan Anderson is probably the safest bet for Nunes’ next opponent at 145, however, the general consensus is that the Australian isn’t near that level yet. With losses to both Felicia Spencer and Holly Holm, who Nunes destroyed, the gap is clear between the world’s best Featherweight contenders and The ‘Lioness’.
Nunes has cleaned out two divisions and is the only fighter to defend belts in two weight divisions simultaneously. There are also no apparent weaknesses in her game with an elite ground-game and ferocious striking. It seems that Nunes can beat the best fighters in the world at their own game.
The ‘Lioness’ has destroyed every other woman to hold the Bantamweight or Featherweight championship in the UFC and is widely regarded as the greatest female fighter to ever live. It seems that she is now encountering the same issue that great male fighters like Jon Jones and Anderson Silva faced during their peak, there isn’t anyone left to beat.
The difference is, the male divisions are usually loaded with up and coming talent. There is always a new challenge, but this doesn’t seem to be the case in women’s MMA. With the women’s Featherweight division dominated by one woman without a legitimate contender in sight, it seems that the greatest female fighter of all time has become a victim of her own success.
It’s not her fault, obviously, she’s just so far ahead of the competition that there aren’t any exciting match-ups left for her, at any weight.
Is Amanda too good? Or are the rest of the back just not good enough? The answer is probably both, but when it comes to Amanda Nunes’ next challenge it seems that, well, there isn’t one. The greatest of all time is simply too dominant for her own good.