Julianna Pena offered one of many biggest UFC upsets of all-time at by submitting Amanda Nunes within the co-main occasion of UFC 269 to win the ladies’s bantamweight title.
Pena – who had solely fought twice within the final two years – was dropped by a calf kick from Nunes within the first strike of the struggle as she struggled to land something important within the opening spherical.
The American was compelled to defend submission makes an attempt from Nunes while looking for her personal from the underside place as the primary spherical got here to a detailed.
Pena began to search out her rhythm on the ft within the second spherical and was pumping out her jab to get the eye of the hard-hitting Nunes.
The 2 started to travel within the centre of the octagon every touchdown important blows, nevertheless it was the underdog Pena who was getting the higher of the exchanges.
Nunes was visibly harm and was backing up as Pena continued to land on the ft as the 2 fighters progressed right into a grappling change.
Pena then took the again of Nunes and managed to sink in a rear-naked choke to pressure a faucet from the Brazilian and win the 135-pound title.
“I informed you do not ever doubt me once more. Willpower, energy and dedication it’ll take you locations,” she mentioned after the struggle.
“I positively anticipated a win and I am simply so grateful, the world is my oyster. You will have the power to do something you need in life and I simply proved that on this struggle.
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Nunes, who additionally holds the featherweight title, was gracious in defeat, stating: “Congratulations to Julianna, she’s a warrior. Thanks for all of the cheer and I am going to see you all right here once more.”
Earlier on the cardboard, Geoff Neal edged out Santiago Ponzinibbio by split-decision following stoppage victories for Kai Kara-France over Cody Garbrandt and for Sean O’Malley over Raulian Paiva.
Dominick Cruz outpointed Pedro Munhoz within the prelims whereas Tai Tuivasa prolonged his heavyweight stoppage streak to 4 by beating Augusto Sakai.