For more than half a year, Amanda Nunes has been waiting for the opportunity to get revenge on Julianna Pena. We remind you that at the end of last year, Pena shocked the world by winning against Amanda Nunes. Already in the second round, Pena forced the then unrecognizable Nunes to surrender with a submission (RNC).
It was the end of Amanda's streak of 12 consecutive victories, and with it, she also lost the title of UFC bantamweight champion. She had successfully defended it five times before. Nunes pointed out that it simply wasn't her night, and it was obvious that it wasn't even a shadow of the Amanda we've gotten used to in recent years when she profiled herself as the best fighter in the world.
Julianna Pena, on the other hand, had the motive to prove that her first victory was not a "coincidence" and that she is currently the best fighter in the UFC's bantam category. Despite a convincing victory in the first match, Pena entered the rematch at the UFC 277 event as an underdog.
By unanimous decision of the judges (50-45, 50-44, 50-43), 34-year-old Amanda returned the bantamweight title to her possession and thus became the champion of two weight categories in the UFC again. She never even lost the title in the featherweight category, and today she proved that she is still a better fighter than Julianna Pena.
The defeat at the UFC 269 event was the result of poor preparation. Amanda struggled with COVID and injuries in that training camp, and obviously, she needed one such defeat to bring back her hunger for training and hard preparations.
Today Nunes presented how good she is when she prepares in the right way and the reason many consider her the best MMA fighter in history.
UFC 277 - results of the event:
The main part of the show:
- Amanda Nunes def. Julianna Pena via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-44, 50-43)
- Brandon Moreno def.
Kai Kara-France via TKO - R3, 3:34 - report
- Sergei Pavlovich def. Derrick Lewis via TKO - R1, 0:55 - report
- Alexandre Pantoja def. Alex Perez via submission (RNC) - R1, 1:31 - report
- Magomed Ankalaev def. Anthony Smith via TKO - R2, 3:09 - report
- The preliminary part of the performance: (report)
- Alex Morono def.
Matthew Semelsberger via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
- Drew Good def. Rafael Alves via KO (punch) - R3, 1:30
- Hamdy Abdelwahab def. Don'Tale Mayes via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
- Drakkar Klose def. Rafa Garcia via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
The early preliminary part of the show:
- Michael Morales def.
Adam Fugitt via TKO - R3, 1:09
- Joselyne Edwards def. Ji Yeon Kim via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 30-27)
- Nicolae Negumereanu def. Ihor Potieria via TKO - R2, 3:33
- Orion Cosce def. Mike Mathetha via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)