The second match between Amanda Nunes and Julianna Pena ended up attracting solid interest from the MMA public, and both fighters wowed in their way. Nunes delighted with a tactically flawless performance from the first to the last minute, and Pena won the hearts of the fans with a spirited and heartfelt performance.
In the end, Nunes won convincingly in the rematch, after Pena finished her with a "submission" in the second round at the end of last year. The rematch of these two fighters also attracted the attention of the biggest MMA star, Conor McGregor.
The Irishman drew a parallel with his two matches against Nate Diaz. In the third month of 2016, Diaz jumped on short notice in a match against Conor McGregor, and Nate replaced the injured Rafael dos Anjos. McGregor was a big favorite in that match, and after the first round, it seemed that he was justifiably given the role of favorite.
The second round brought a sudden turn and Diaz forced a tired McGregor to surrender by choking. Nate shocked the world that day, and five and a half months later, Diaz and Conor had a rematch. It was a real five-round war, and McGregor won with the majority decision of the judges.
Some similarities to the showdown between Nunes and Pena can be drawn.
“It’s mad to me the similarity of [the Amanda Nunes vs.
Julianna Peña rematch] to the McGregor-Diaz fights,” McGregor said on Twitter. “Fight number one, the highly touted, the GOAT of the sport, me, Amanda Nunes, just sheer toughness, willingness to fight and caught off guard.
Gives a couple of shots, then eats a couple of shots, then the tide turns, then gets choked. “Now the return, the rematch, confidence on the other side, tenacity, toughness, all that still there. More focused work on Amanda Nunes’ side, my side [against Diaz]”.
The big difference is in the second leg. Nunes dominated her opponent, and Conor McGregor narrowly won by majority decision, and many believe that the fight should have ended in a draw. Some believe that Diaz deserved to win even in the rematch, but this is classic Conor McGregor, a master of promotion and exaggeration of his achievements.