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Amanda Nunes retires as the women's GOAT at UFC 289 after beating Irene Aldana

Following a convincing victory over Irene Aldana at UFC 289, UFC star Amanda Nunes has declared her retirement.

The 35-year-old is the only woman to have held two titles in the organization and is widely recognized as the finest women's mixed martial artist ever.

She declared it to be her final fight after winning at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, Canada and laid down her two belts in the middle of the octagon.

"Tonight is the perfect night to retire," she said.

"My mum has been asking me so much to do this for so long. She can't take it anymore. I want to enjoy everything that I have made. I want to travel a bit with my family.

"I left my family in Brazil when I was so young for this dream but I never thought in my mind I would become a champion. But when I became a champion it was unbelievable.

"I'm from a small city in Brazil, no-one knows where it is, but I came here and I made it as a champion. Now I'm leaving. Thank you."

She was in control of the bout throughout and defended her bantamweight title, winning by scores of 50-44, 50-44 and 50-43.

Nunes, who is also the UFC women's featherweight champion, has had a stellar career spanning 15 years and 27 fights, including two of the most dominant title reigns in UFC history. During her career she has beaten a host of former champions, including Cris Cyborg, Ronda Rousey and Valentina Shevchenko.

She was originally set to face Julianna Pena in a trilogy fight before the former champion pulled out with injury last month and was replaced by Aldana.


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