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Reigning UFC female bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes has been tasked with possibly finding her future successor.
Nunes has been hired by Invicta FC to work with the athlete development team. The Brazilian joins up with a team to assist in matchmaking and identifying the champions of tomorrow, according to a release by Invicta FC.
“I’ve known and worked with Amanda for a long time, going all the way back to our Strikeforce days,” Invicta FC President Shannon Knapp said. “She was already part of the Invicta family, but now it’s official; now it’s on paper.
“I can’t think of a better ambassador for the sport and our organization.”
Nunes became UFC champion when she defeated Miesha Tate at UFC 200, defending the title vs. Ronda Rousey and Valentina Shevchenko. She also holds wins over the likes of former UFC featherweight champion Germaine de Randamie, Sara McMann, Vanessa Porto, Shayna Baszler and Julia Budd.
Nunes will be working specifically with scouting talent in Brazil and southeastern U.S.
“I’ve been very fortunate throughout my career to fight for the best organizations in the world,” Nunes said. “In my new position, I hope to be able to use my experience as a fighter and a champion to help groom the next generation. I’m honored to be a part of their journey at Invicta.”
Nunes has already gotten to work on her new role, as she’ll be in Kansas City for Saturday night’s Invicta FC 27 event – along with Friday’s weigh-ins and other promotional work – that streams live on UFC Fight Pass. The card features the return of Sarah Kaufman, as the former Strikeforce champion meets former Cage Warriors titleholder Pannie Kianzad in the main event.
Invicta FC 27 begins at 8 p.m. ET.