Megan Anderson intends to return to the drawing board after a major loss to Amanda Nunes in the UFC 259 co-main event.
Anderson (11-5 MMA, 3-3 UFC) entered the fight as the biggest loser so far from two-division champion Nunes (21-4 MMA, 14-1 UFC) in their fight for the women’s featherweight title. Saturday at UFC Apex in Las Vegas. The result showed why when “The Lioness” fought their way to a submission win in the first round.
It took Nunes just a few ticks of the clock over two minutes to hurt Anderson with strikes, then lock an arm to the ground to finish the job. It was certainly not the performance the Australian challenger was hoping for, but he promised to come back stronger in his first post-loss comments on social media (via Twitter):
This game has the highest of the highs and the lowest of the lows. This was the one we wanted to win, but it is the fighting game.
We’ll be back
Now there are legitimate questions about what the future holds for Anderson. The UFC allowed him to challenge for the title in what was the final fight of his contract with the UFC, and it is quite possible that this marked the end of his tenure with the promotion.
Anderson has fought a record six fights in the UFC women’s featherweight class, with little to no one left in terms of new matches. The division has been on life support since its inception in the UFC, and it remains to be seen how UFC bosses handle it now that Nunes has emptied the tail of potential opponents.