Amanda Nunes shocked the world by doing the unthinkable: knocking out the seemingly unbeatable Cris Cyborg at UFC 232 to become a two-division champion.
Amanda Nunes holds the crown at bantamweight and will not be relinquishing it anytime soon. “Leoa” is 9-1 in her UFC career with seven stoppages, showcasing power not typically seen in the women’s ranks. Since winning the title over Miesha Tate, Nunes has defended her title against Ronda Rousey, flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko, and Raquel Pennington.
Cris Cyborg has not lost since her MMA debut way back in 2005, racking up 20 wins since then. There have only been three fighters that have lasted to the final bell against the Brazilian powerhouse. She joined the UFC in 2016, and made her presence known with thunderous wins over Leslie Smith and Lina Lansberg. Both of those fights occurred at a 140-pound catchweight, but her performances prompted the UFC to open a featherweight division. She won the vacant title against Tonya Evinger, then defended the strap against Holly Holm and most recently Yana Kunitskaya. Amanda Nunes will be her toughest opponent yet.
The champions came out swinging with all of their might. Amanda Nunes cracked Cyborg first with a leg kick-right hand combination. Cyborg bounced back up and tried to fire back, but was coming up short as Nunes was landing every bomb she threw. Cyborg was knocked down multiple times and finally a right hand that caused Cyborg to faceplant was the finishing blow.
Amanda Nunes adds another great name to her legendary resume, and cements herself as the greatest female fighter ever. She’s also the third double-champ in UFC history alongside Conor McGregor and Daniel Cormier. With Nina Ansaroff climbing the strawweight ranks quickly, times are good in the Nunes household.
Amanda Nunes def. Cris Cyborg by TKO (Punches) in Round 1 (0:51)