A hairline fracture of the foot has forced out Amanda Nunes from her June 18 bout against Julie Kedzie at the Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum event in Dallas, MMADieHards.com has learned.
Nunes (6-1) also has a serious contusion on the foot. In the best case scenario, Nunes could begin light training by next week, but no determination will be made until that time.
The fight between Nunes and Kedzie (16-8) was slated for 135 pounds. Nunes, who turned 23 on Monday, made her Strikeforce debut Jan. 7 and knocked out Julia Budd in 14 seconds in a 145-pound match. Nunes has finished each of her opponents since losing her MMA debut. Budd has recently been seen as the nutritionist for Quinton “Rampage” Jackson.
While Nunes has competed at both weights, the Brazilian was immediately thrust into the void at 145 pounds for Strikeforce, which has had difficulty finding opponents for champion Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos. But Nunes’ future appears to be at 135, and she is training at AMA Fight Club in North Jersey under Mike Constantino. Gina Carano, who lost to Cyborg nearly two years ago, is making her return to the cage on the same card, against Sarah D’Alelio.
Kedzie, a 30-year-old veteran of EliteXC and Bodog, has run off four straight wins to work her way back into the big show. It is not known if there is a replacement for Nunes to compete against Kedzie, who is a mainstay at Greg Jackson’s MMA in Alubuquerque and also doubles as Jackson’s personal assistant.