Amanda Nunes has been a pro-fighter since 2008. Since 2014 she has been part of the Dan Lambert mega-stable in Coconut Creek, Florida; American Top Team. But now “The Lioness” has made a choice. And Amanda Nunes leaves ATT with no regrets.
Despite leaving the gym as only the UFC’s female featherweight champion. With the immense amount of training partners and staff there she went on a run of a dozen wins claiming both 135 and 145 straps. Before dropping the bantamweight belt to Julianna Pena at UFC 269.
There’s an early assumption, although NOT COMPLETELY VERIFIED by Nunes herself right now. That is, instead of latching on to another power house team like AKA, Jackson-Wink, or another South Florida red hot gym; SanfordMMA, she’ll start her own gym from the bottom up.
Nunes Leaves ATT; What Are The Reasons For The Move Now
The far majority of the time when teammates fight, one usually goes to train elsewhere. Raphael Marinho is the one that let the “Cat… errr… Lioness out of the bag” And it was then jumped on by BJPenn.com. And there has been rumors that if the UFC signed free agent Kayla Harrison they’d throw down. This may ease any possible tensions if that happens.
Right after she won the bantamweight title, Nunes also started helping match make with INVICTA. So first as champ, then double-champ; along with home life and any duties for the Women’s Organization, time became shorter. Add on now a toddler to that life and things truly become tight.
Perhaps the 33-year old Brazilian is preparing to do a Barry Sanders type move and call it a wrap before things go sideways. And starting a facility with wife Nina Ansaroff Nunes is just their next phase in life. She’s far from the first to leave a power house and then start their own place. See Cowboy Cerrone, although the BMF Ranch is probably not what she’s looking for.
As Nunes leaves ATT, she’ll probably look more at a James Krause type team as a blueprint. Florida is a large state with plenty of room for more gyms. But starting a business, especially right now; is tough. Let alone a professional fighters training gym.
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