A victorious Nunes said she is contemplating retirement after the win and UFC President Dana White doesn’t think the women’s featherweight division can go on without her.
“Probably not,” White said at the UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs. Volkov media scrum (via Alexander K. Lee of MMA Fighting).
Nunes is one of two fighters to hold the UFC Women’s Featherweight Title, with the other being Cyborg.
White also says the Nunes’ timing couldn’t be worse because the promotion was preparing to build the women’s featherweight division up.
“I literally just told the guys the other day to build that division,” White said. “Start signing girls, let’s start building that division, and now my girl’s talking about retirement, so apparently we gotta get on the same page and figure this out. [Nunes] can do whatever she wants to do. She’s the queen. She can do whatever she wants. She’s having a baby, she’s got all these great things going on in her life right now personally and professionally she’s done anything that I’ve ever asked her to do. To go from Ronda Rousey to her, it’s actually been a joy working with the women in that division. I haven’t always seen eye-to-eye with Holly Holm’s people, but Holly Holm is one of the nicest human beings on planet earth. Dealing with that division has been awesome.”
If Nunes does indeed retire from professional MMA competition, it would also leave the UFC Women’s Bantamweight Title vacant as well.