UFC champion Amanda Nunes is looking to follow in Conor McGregor's footsteps

The women's bantamweight champion wants to challenge for the women's featherweight title next

BY Simon Maguire 14:24 Sunday 15 January 2017, 14:24 15 Jan 2017

UFC 205, Madison Square Garden, New York, USA 12/11/2016 Conor McGregor celebrates winning. Image Ā©INPHO/Tom Hogan

UFC women's bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes is looking to become the second person in UFC history to hold championship titles simultaneously after Conor McGregor achieved the feat in December.

Nunes made her first title defence against Ronda Rousey at UFC 207 when she stopped the former champion in less than one minute.

Ronda Rousey and Amanda Nunes. Image: ©INPHO/Tom Hogan

The Brazilian won the title off Miesha Tate at UFC 200 last July, submitting the American in the first round. She also picked up performance bonuses for her last two wins.   

The UFC recently announced its third female division with the creation of the women's featherweight division. Holly Holm will face Germaine de Randamie in the inaugural title fight at UFC 208 in Brooklyn in February.

Of course, if Holm were to win, she would also join the select group of elite fighters who have won two titles in different divisions as she was previously the women's bantamweight champion.

Along with McGregor, MMA legends BJ Penn and Randy Couture have also held titles in two divisions - but unlike the Dubliner, never at the same time.   

Ireland's Conor McGregor became the first person in UFC history to hold two divisional titles at the concurrently after he beat Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 in Madison Square Garden to add the lightweight title to the featherweight championship he won off Jose Aldo in December 2015.

UFC 205, Madison Square Garden, New York, USA 12/11/2016
Conor McGregor celebrates winning. Image: ©INPHO/Tom Hogan

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