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Amanda Nunes and Felicia Spencer are supposed to meet at UFC 250 in Sao Paulo, Brazil on May 9, but the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has almost every fighter on the roster wondering if they will still be competing as scheduled.
With travel bans and government issued lockdowns being issued around the globe, the upcoming pay-per-view card in Brazil seems far from a certainty. That’s why Spencer pitched the idea to keep the title fight intact but move the card to Florida instead.
“Amanda Nunes, we both live in Florida. Let’s get UFC 250 to our backyard,” Spencer wrote on Twitter. “Please don’t leave!”
Nunes, who trains at American Top Team in Coconut Creek, Fla., was quick to respond as she hopes to hold onto her next title defense as she puts her 145-pound title on the line for the first time.
“Sorry, just seeing this. I’m not going anywhere, girl,” Nunes said back to Spencer. “I think that’s a great idea. Let’s do this.”
“Actually, I’m not fighting May 9,” Nunes told CBS Sports on Monday. “I’m going to fight, (but) I don’t know yet. I don’t think this is the right time for me right now to fight. Let this coronavirus pass a little bit so I can at least have a full camp. We can maybe see around June, (but) let’s see what is going to happen. But I’m not fighting (May 9).”
“I like this matchup a lot,” Nunes said. “I like to fight girls like her – tough, want to fight all the time, she’s not a running fighter. She’s really going to bring that, and I love it. That brings out the best in me.”