UFC 277 results, highlights: Amanda Nunes regains bantamweight title with thorough beating of Julianna Pena
Amanda Nunes is back. Already considered the greatest female mixed martial artist of all time,
Nunes avenged the lone blemish in her recent run on Saturday night by dismantling Julianna Pena over five rounds to earn back her bantamweight title.
"The Lioness" took apart Pena with her speed and accuracy on the feet in the opening round before really putting on a clinic in the second.
Nunes scored three knockdowns in Round 2 as Pena continued to charge in wildly while Nunes planted counter right hands on her chin.
The three knockdowns set a record for most in a women's fight in UFC history.
From there, Nunes took the battle to the ground as she opened up a huge gash on Pena's hairline in the third round with an elbow from mount.
The cut would only get worse as the fight continued on, leaving Pena a bloody mess by the end of the final round.
Pena nearly scored another upset in Round 4. The now former champion pressed her foot against the fence and swung into an armbar as Nunes chased into clinch and grapple with a takedown.
The submission attempt was deep and Nunes fought hard to wrangle free. The close call was reminiscent of UFC 152 when Vitor Belfort came close to submitting UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones with the same entry into an armbar.