Amanda Nunes is headed back to Las Vegas.
The UFC women’s featherweight and bantamweight champion is set to meet Germaine De Randamie at UFC 245, which takes place December 14 on the UFC’s last pay-per-view show of the year. ESPN’s Brett Okamoto first reported the news.
It will be Nunes’ fifth 135-pound title defense, and in turn will be De Randamie’s second shot at becoming a UFC champion. De Randamie famously became the UFC’s inaugural women’s featherweight champion by beating Holly Holm, only to be stripped of the title rather than fight Cris Cyborg, who eventually claimed the title.
Nunes, who defeated Holm (at 135 pounds) herself in July, was supposedly aiming to make her next contest a fight at featherweight in a rematch with Cyborg. That, however, failed to come to fruition after Cyborg and UFC president Dana White’s very public falling out ended with White releasing her from the organisation’s exclusive negotiation period at the end of her contract.
De Randamie was last seen beating Aspen Ladd in just 16 seconds.