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Nunes demolishes challenger to retain featherweight belt


Amanda Nunes continues to show why she’s widely regarded as the best female fighter of all time.

The UFC women’s featherweight and bantamweight champion made quick work of challenger Megan Anderson at Saturday’s UFC 259.

Nunes (21-4 MMA, 14-1 UFC) quickly tagged Anderson (10-5 MMA, 3-3 UFC) with hard right hand and stunned the Australian. From there, it was a wrap as Nunes took down Anderson, landed ground-and-pound, secured the back mount, and then locked a reverse triangle choke to finish a straight armbar for the tap.

It was beyond dominant. Anderson never had a moment in the two minutes the fight lasted.

The women’s featherweight title bout was the UFC 259 co-main event at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. It aired on pay-per-view following prelims on ESPN and early prelims on ESPN+.

Nunes is currently on a 12-fight winning streak, which holds several of the biggest names in women’s MMA history such as Ronda Rousey, Holly Holm, Cris Cyborg, Valentina Shevchenko, and others. The last time Nunes lost was back in 2014 when she suffered a TKO loss to Cat Zingano.

The Brazilian was coming off a successful featherweight title defense last summer at UFC 250 where she outpointed former Invicta FC champ Felicia Spencer. She hasn’t defended her 135-pound title in two fights. Her last bantamweight defense was a decision win over Germaine de Randamie in December 2019.

Meanwhile, Anderson, a former Invicta FC champion, saw a two-fight winning streak come to an end.

Up-to-the-minute UFC 259 results include:

  • Amanda Nunes def. Megan Anderson via submission (armbar) – Round 1, 2:03 – to defend women’s featherweight title
  • Aljamain Sterling def. Petr Yan via disqualification (illegal knee) – Round 4, 4:29 – to become UFC bantamweight champion
  • Islam Makhachev def. Drew Dober via submission (arm-triangle choke) – Round 3, 1:37
  • Aleksandar Rakic def. Thiago Santos via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
  • Dominick Cruz def. Casey Kenney via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
  • Kyler Phillips def. Song Yadong via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Askar Askarov def. Joseph Benavidez via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
  • Kai Kara-France def. Rogerio Bontorin via TKO (punch) – Round 1, 4:55
  • Tim Elliott def. Jordan Espinosa via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-25)
  • Kennedy Nzechukwu def. Carlos Ulberg via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 3:19
  • Sean Brady def. Jake Matthews via submission (arm-triangle choke) – Round 3, 3:28
  • Amanda Lemos def. Livinha Souza via TKO (punch) – Round 1, 3:39
  • Uros Medic def. Aalon Cruz via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 1:40
  • Trevin Jones def. Mario Bautista via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 0:47


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