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UFC champion Amanda Nunes joins Invicta FC in athlete development role

Amanda Nunes is keeping busy outside the cage.

The UFC women’s bantamweight champion has joined Invicta FC as part of the all-women’s promotion’s athlete development team, Invicta announced Thursday.

Per a press release, Nunes, a former Invicta fighter, will be assisting in matchmaking and scouting talent in Brazil and the U.S. Southeast. Nunes, a Brazil native, lives and trains in Florida.

“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, 29, is one of the best pound-for-pound women’s fighters in the world. Most recently, she defeated Valentina Shevchenko by split decision to retain the UFC belt at UFC 215 in September. Nunes (15-4) has won six straight fights and has held the gold since July 2016.

Now, in addition to being a UFC champ, she’ll be looking to further women’s MMA for the future with Invicta.

“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 is in Kansas City for Invicta FC 27 this week and will be overseeing fighters as they weigh-in and face off Friday, the release stated.

Invicta 27 takes place Saturday night and airs on UFC Fight Pass. Former Strikeforce champion Sarah Kaufman takes on Pannie Kianzad in the main event.

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