Who is Amanda Nunes? Meet Miesha Tate's opponent for UFC 200
It will be neither Ronda Rousey nor Holly Holm: Miesha Tate's first bantamweight title defense at UFC 200 will come against Amanda Nunes in July.
Tate's journey to the title has been well documented since Holm's upset of Rousey in November, before the belt quickly switched hands to Tate in March with a fifth-round submission win over Holm at UFC 196.
Nunes has been fighting in the professional ranks since 2008. The same night Tate was crowned champion, Nunes opened the card with a unanimous victory against Valentina Shevchenko.
She holds a 5–1 record within the Octagon, her lone loss coming at the hands of Cat Zingano. Since the knockout, she has won her last three fights. Of her 12 victories, nine have come by knockout.
One of the most impressive victories came last August when challenger Sara McMann missed a leg kick that resulted in a right hand punch by Nunes followed by a submission in the first round. The match lasted two minutes and 53 seconds.
Get to know Tate's opponent for UFC 200:
Born: Salvador, Bahia, Brazil
Weight: 136 lbs.
Nickname: The Lioness
How she got her nickname: “The logo from my first gym was two lions. I was the only female fighter at the gym, so my old coach started to call me “Leoa” for my aggressive style and it stuck,” she told UFC.com.
Arm Reach: 69"
Leg Reach: 41"
Ranked No. 6 in SI's latest pound-for-pound rankings