Amanda Nunes sealed her status as an all-time excellent of the sport with a display screen of complete dominance in her unanimous choice win over Canadian competitor Felicia Spencer at UFC 250 in Las Vegas.
Nunes’ success at the behind-closed-doors occasion at the UFC Pinnacle made history as she ended up being the very first synchronised two-weight champ to register successful defences of both titles.
The Florida-based Brazilian completely dominated every element of the fight as she got in touch with her punches almost at will, while dominating the grappling exchanges on the mat, en path to a landslide triumph on the scorecards after five one-sided rounds.
The judges scored the contest 50-44, 50-44, 50-45
” When she connected the very first punch on me, I understood she would never ever knock me out,” stated Nunes after her triumph.
” This fight, I wanted to go five rounds. I know if I had time I would finish her, however it is essential for me to go 5 rounds. I’m tired of hearing, ‘Amanda can not go 5 rounds’. Stop that, everybody. I went 5 rounds with the hardest girl in the division and I’m not tired.”
Nunes recorded the UFC’s females’s 145- pound featherweight title in December 2018 with a one-round demolition of compatriot Cristiane ‘Cyborg’ Justino at UFC238 After recording her 2nd UFC title, Nunes then went back to bantamweight and registered her fourth and 5th defences of her 135- pound title.
At UFC 250, Nunes’ title defence at featherweight set a brand-new criteria for UFC champions as she became the very first synchronised two-weight champ to protect both belts as a double champ. Former simultaneous two-weight champs Daniel Cormier and Henry Cejudo both successfully safeguarded their two titles, but had given up one prior to defending the other.
Nunes’ success even more sealed her reputation as the best female fighter in UFC history.
The 32- year-old from Bahia owns first-round wins over every women’s bantamweight and featherweight champ in UFC history, plus successful title defences in both weight classes as an active champion. The biggest obstacle now is for the UFC’s matchmakers, who have to find the next competitive difficulty for probably the most dominant champ on the UFC roster.
Sterling and Garbrandt provide declarations at bantamweight
The primary card also saw 2 of the world’s top bantamweights score distinctive triumphes, as 135- pound competitor Aljamain Sterling and previous champion Cody Garbrandt both registered outstanding stoppage wins.
Number two-ranked Sterling completed increasing competitor Cory Sandhagen through first-round submission, while world number nine Garbrandt spectacularly knocked out Brazilian contender Raphael Assuncao in the last second of the 2nd round as the two 135- pound competitors both staked a claim for a title shot.
The UFC’s bantamweight title was just recently vacated by Henry Cejudo, who retired in the octagon after his victory at UFC249 The UFC is wanting to reserve a fight in between Russian contender Petr Yan and former featherweight champion Jose Aldo for the vacant belt later on this summer season.
Now Sterling and Garbrandt have actually put themselves firmly in contention for the first chance at the winner of that battle, with Garbrandt’s win particularly sweet for the former champ, who ended a run of 3 succeeding stoppage beats with a magnificent knockout of his own as he returned to winning ways for the very first time given that December 2016.
” I’ve been through every feeling in life, in my career – ups and downs,” he said after his success.
” What I kept was fighting. I was blessed with a gorgeous spouse, a gorgeous kid and the dream in my heart to pursue this and choose myself up time and time once again after getting knocked out and embarrassed to keep that dream alive in my heart.
” I’m just permanently thankful that I had the ability to keep that enthusiasm and that drive through it all. I might have bent, but I never ever broke.”
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