UFC's Amanda Nunes Won't Fight Felicia Spencer on May 9 Because of COVID-19

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistApril 20, 2020

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - DECEMBER 14: UFC women's bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes prepares for a title defense against Germaine de Ranamie during UFC 245 at T-Mobile Arena on December 14, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Nunes retained her title by unanimous decision.
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UFC women's bantamweight and featherweight champion Amanda Nunes won't fight May 9 should UFC stage an event on that date.  

"Actually, I'm not fighting May 9," Nunes said to CBS Sports' Brian Campbell 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]."

Nunes was originally scheduled to fight Felicia Spencer at UFC 250 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The company announced Monday the pay-per-view was being scrapped due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Spencer told ESPN's Marc Raimondi and Ariel Helwani that UFC informed her to prepare for a June fight instead.

Facing pressure from California Gov. Gavin Newsom and Disney, UFC President Dana White halted UFC 249, which was slated for April 18 at Tachi Palace in Lemoore, California.

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White confirmed to ESPN's Brett Okamoto that UFC was instead pivoting to a new event on May 9 at a location to be determined. Nunes vs. Spencer was among the proposed fights for the card, which would be headlined by Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje's interim lightweight title clash.

However, Nunes told Campbell she has been unable to train properly at her usual gym due to the pandemic.

"The gym opened just for people that has fights coming up," she said. "It's not many people, just me and a couple guys that are going to be on the same card as me. We all have separate training with just me and my coach, one on one."

Given the stakes, Nunes' hesitancy about fighting in early May is understandable.

In addition to the featherweight championship, the 31-year-old would be putting a 10-fight winning streak on the line against Spencer. Her last defeat came at the hands of Cat Zingano at UFC 178 in September 2014.