The Pro Take: Amanda Nunes Defends 145lb Title, Secures 12th Straight Win at UFC 259

Amanda Nunes and Megan Anderson, UFC 259
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - MARCH 05: (L-R) Opponents Amanda Nunes of Brazil and Megan Anderson of Australia face off during the UFC 259 weigh-in at UFC APEX on March 05, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

To be considered that fantastical beast known as the GOAT (the Greatest of All Time), Amanda Nunes has had to walk through some of the best women to ever step inside the UFC octagon. And through twelve consecutive wins following UFC 259 on Saturday, “The Lioness” has crafted a legacy that will forever be remembered by combat sports fans.

Megan Anderson, her latest challenger, suggested ahead of their featherweight title fight that Nunes had yet to fight a true featherweight like herself. For Anderson, her career has led her to UFC 259 from Invicta, where she captured 145lb gold. She was looking to shock the world and dethrone the Queen of the Women’s Featherweight on Saturday, despite the odds being heavily stacked against her.

Nunes proved once again on Saturday why she is the greatest female fighter the UFC has ever seen. Using her power, she rocked Megan with a right hand that wobbled the challenger early, allowing Nunes to take the fight to the mat. There, she set up a beautiful submission victory — a triangle arm-bar — a secure the win, and extend her reign as featherweight (and of course, bantamweight) champion.


Here is how the pros reacted to the women’s featherweight title fight between Megan Anderson and Amanda Nunes at UFC 259.