‘Extra harmful’ Nunes submits Anderson in first

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LAS VEGAS — Amanda Nunes, probably the most dominant feminine fighter in blended martial arts historical past, did her factor once more on Saturday in an absolute thrashing of No. 1 featherweight contender Megan Anderson.

Nunes (21-4) compelled Anderson (10-5) to faucet to an armbar at 2:03 of the opening spherical of their featherweight title struggle at UFC 259 contained in the Apex. In all chance, she may have completed the struggle any approach she needed. She rocked Anderson with a proper hand within the opening minute, a shot that had the challenger on skates. Anderson was so damage, she really shot a takedown on Nunes, which led to a end on the bottom.

With the victory, Nunes defended her 145-pound title for the second time. She can be nonetheless answerable for the 135-pound bantamweight title. She is one in all solely three champions in UFC historical past to defend titles in a number of weight lessons, and he or she holds UFC information for the ladies’s divisions in wins (14), finishes (10) and wins in title fights (9).

“The plan was precisely how I completed the struggle,” Nunes stated. “I am right here. It isn’t my fault [I’m this dominant]. I do know there are lots of women on the market who need this chance. Who needs it?”

Anderson, of Queensland, Australia, was a plus-700 underdog going into the struggle — and that may not have been excessive sufficient. The 31-year-old did sufficient to earn a shot at Nunes within the 145-pound weight class, however she appeared shellshocked from the opening bell. Nunes slipped in a fastball overhand proper early on, and it was all survival instincts from Anderson from then on. She ate a number of extra proper arms, earlier than desperately trying a takedown.

Nunes, a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, simply stuffed the shot and moved to prime place. She arrange a triangle, armbar try nearly immediately and shortly produced the fourth submission win of her profession. She prolonged her win streak to 12 total, which is the second longest within the UFC behind solely welterweight champion Kamaru Usman.

Nunes and her spouse, UFC strawweight Nina Ansaroff, introduced their toddler daughter, Raegan, into the Octagon after the win. Nunes, who was born in Brazil however trains in Florida, had Raegan at her aspect all struggle week.

“I am extra harmful now with my little woman,” Nunes stated. “Nobody is stopping me.”

The UFC has not indicated any long-term plans for its 145-pound division, however there isn’t any one within the foreseeable future for Nunes to struggle at that weight. Her subsequent transfer will nearly assuredly be at bantamweight, the place she has held the title since UFC 200 in 2016. She has defeated the entire sport’s greatest names, together with Miesha Tate, Ronda Rousey, Holly Holm, Cris Cyborg and Germaine de Randamie.