UFC 277: Amanda Nunes regains Bantamweight title, reaffirms GOAT status with dominant win over Julianna Peña


Amanda Nunes confirmed her greatness to the few who doubted her after she lost her bantamweight title to Julianna Peña in December. And although Peña handed her belt to Nunes on Saturday in the main event of UFC 277 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, she proved she is one of the toughest fighters to ever set foot in the Octagon.

It was an unbelievable fight as Nunes went left early and cracked Peña repeatedly with hard right hands. She struggled heavily in the second half of the fight and Peña, despite being covered in blood, gave up surrender attempts.

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But this was Nunes’ night, and she put in arguably her best performance since stopping Cris Cyborg at UFC 232 in 2018.

Nunes swept all five rounds on all three judges’ cards, winning with scores of 50-45, 50-44 and 50-43. Yahoo Sports had Nunes, 50-44.

There was little doubt when it was over, although there was much doubt during the fight. Nunes was clearly in control, but Peña caught her in several submission attempts, including an armbar and a Kimura, which gave Nunes several nervous moments.

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Amanda Nunes became the first two-time double champion in UFC history after she recaptured the bantamweight title on Saturday at UFC 277 in Dallas. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)

Nunes had said before the fight that she was not in the right shape for their first fight, when she lost the title at UFC 269 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Peña subdued her in the second round that night with a rear naked choke.

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But Nunes was dominant from start to finish and repeatedly made Peña falter. She cut Peña with one elbow on the top of the forehead and the blood poured into Peña’s eyes for most of the last two rounds. Peña cutter Don House did an admirable job of stopping it, but Nunes kept reopening it and Peña leaked all over the Octagon.

Nunes reaffirmed her status as the greatest female fighter in MMA history, but Peña still remains her biggest challenge after two fights.


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