Sources: Nunes withdraws from UFC 256 bout

  • MMA columnist for ESPN.com
  • Analyst for “MMA Live”
  • Covered MMA for Las Vegas Sun

Two-weight UFC champion Amanda Nunes has withdrawn from her featherweight title defense against Megan Anderson next month for undisclosed reasons, according to multiple sources.

Nunes (20-4) was scheduled to defend her 145-pound title against Anderson (10-4) in the main event of UFC 256 on Dec. 12 in Las Vegas. The UFC has not officially announced the cancellation of the bout, or a new main event for what will mark its final pay-per-view of the 2020 calendar.

Anderson, who is riding a two-fight win streak and has not fought for a UFC championship yet, tweeted a series of broken heart emojis from her account on Monday.

Widely considered the greatest female fighter of all time, Nunes holds the UFC 135- and 145-pound titles. She has not lost since September 2014. Nunes and her partner, UFC strawweight Nina Ansaroff, celebrated the birth of a daughter in September.

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