Coach ties Nunes withdrawal to ankle injury

When UFC women's champ champ Amanda Nunes withdrew from a featherweight title defense vs Felicia Spencer at UFC 249, The Lioness referenced an inability to complete a full camp during the COVID-19 global pandemic. During a recent interview with Combate, her coach, ATT's Conan Silveira tied the withdrawal to an ankle injury.

“Amanda had a small ankle injury, she preferred to stop and treat, rather than running, because we were at that stage where we didn’t know what would happen," said Silviera, as translated by Adam Martin for "We didn’t know if it would be May 9, where it was going to be, we had several questions and few answers.".

“In the training we were doing before we stopped, she got hurt and we didn’t want to force it. We prefer to stop and treat, for her to be ready, as she always has been, to return as soon as possible.”

Spencer has called for the fight to happen in June, and if the ankle injury is as minor as Conan describes, the fight may not be far off.