Amanda Nunes can’t find anyone to actually test her at the moment.
On Sunday (AEST), Felicia Spencer was the sacrificial lamb, and Nunes made easy work of the 145-pound test to bolster her GOAT status in women’s mixed martial arts.
Nunes, the women’s bantamweight and featherweight champion, became the first fighter in UFC history to defend active titles in two weight classes.
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The Brazilian (20-4) punished Spencer through five rounds to take the unanimous decision (50-44 x 2, 50-45) victory in the main event at UFC 250 in Las Vegas.
Spencer (8-2) might have been too tough for her own good as she ate monster right hands, and walked through thunderous low kicks. She was supposed to be a threat on the ground, but couldn’t secure a takedown, while Nunes secured six; controlling the fight wherever it went.
It was Nunes’ first defence of her featherweight belt since taking it from Cris “Cyborg” Justino in December of 2018. She has defended the bantamweight belt five times since 2016.
“I don’t know,” Nunes said. “That was my goal; defending my two belts … I’m the greatest.
“I’m so happy right now. I don’t know what’s next, but I proved it [my greatness] already.”
ON THE BUZZER
Just like that.
Cody Garbrandt connected with a monstrous right hook, and Raphael Assuncao hit the deck on the buzzer in the second round of their co-main event showdown.
The second round, and the fight, came to an end at the same time; Assuncao out cold as the fight was waved off.
For former bantamweight champion, Garbrandt, it was the perfect way to snap his three-fight losing skid.
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“It’s always great to be in the winner’s circle, especially with a knockout over a tough adversary like Raphael Assuncao,” Garbrandt said.
“To beat the timer like that, it’s a little icing on the cake. I haven’t won since 2016, I’ve been through every emotion, in life in career, ups and downs, what I held on to was fighting.”
Before that, Aljamain Sterling rendered Cory Sandhagen unconscious with a rear naked choke just 88 seconds into a fight to determine the next contender for the bantamweight title.
Sterling spoke out in support of the widespread protests after the death of George Floyd in his post-fight interview.
“This one is for everybody back home fighting the good fight, protesting. I support you guys. I’m with you guys all the way,” he said.
OH MY GOD
Sean O’Malley put any ‘hype-train’ questions to bed on Sunday with a wild walk-off knockout of Eddie Wineland in the first fight of the main card.
The undefeated O’Malley feinted an uppercut, but landed a straight right over the top that turned the lights off.
“In my opinion, the best walkaway KO I’ve ever seen,” Joe Rogan said on the Main Event broadcast.
It was an important win for O’Malley on moving night in the bantamweight division.
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“I was longer than him and when you’re as fast and accurate as I am, I’m gonna land first and I’m going to land early and I landed on the button,” O’Malley said.
“I was really, really healthy for this fight, I had no injuries. Last fight, I felt I was 95 percent, I had a couple small injuries, but I felt 100 percent in there tonight.”
Maki Pitolo made relatively easy work of Charles Byrd in a second round finish on the UFC 250 prelims.
But he’ll have another fight on his hands when he gets home after appearing to forget his wife’s age during a birthday shout-out.
“I just want to say a quick shout-out to my wife; happy birthday, baby,” Pitolo, 29, said in his post-fight interview with Joe Rogan.
“She turned, uh, twenty-… she’s beautiful, man. She had her birthday on Thursday, brother.”
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Whether Pitolo forgot, or simply didn’t want to reveal his wife Chasity’s age, it wasn’t his finest moment.
The married couple have two kids.
Alex Perez made a statement in the flyweight division in the early prelims, chopping 125-pound superstar Jussier Formiga in a brutal first round finish.
Perez was aggressive from the outset. But it was his leg kicks that proved the difference as Formiga dropped twice in the first round before the fight was stopped.
The 28-year-old Perez became just the 11th fighter in UFC history to finish an opponent with leg kicks.