Nunes (21-4) forced Anderson (10-5) to tap an arm bar at the Apex at 2:03 a.m. of the opening round of her featherweight title bout at UFC 259. Most likely, she could have ended the fight the way she wanted. She rocked Anderson with her right hand for the first minute, a shot that had the challenger on skates. Anderson was so injured that she actually shot a takedown at Nunes, which resulted in a target on the ground.
With the win, Nunes defended her £ 145 title for the second time. She also still has control of the 135-pound bantamweight title. She is one of only three champions in UFC history to defend titles in multiple weight classes, and she holds UFC records for the women’s divisions in wins (14), placings (10), and title bouts (9).
“The plan was exactly how I ended the fight,” said Nunes. “I’m here. It’s not my fault [I’m this dominant]. I know there are a lot of girls out there who want this opportunity. Who wants it? “
Anderson of Queensland, Australia was an underdog with a 700 plus going into the fight – and that may not have been high enough. The 31-year-old did enough to get a shot at Nunes in the 145-pound weight class, but she looked shocked by the opening bell. Nunes slipped into a fastball overhand early on, and from then on it was all of Anderson’s survival instincts. She ate a few more right hands before desperately trying to remove them.
Nunes, a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, lightly stuffed the shot and moved to the top position. She embarked on a triangle arm bar trial almost instantly and quickly scored the fourth filing win of her career. She extended her winning streak to a total of 12, which is the second longest in the UFC after the only welterweight champion Kamaru Usman.
Nunes and her wife UFC straw weight Nina Ansaroffbrought their little daughter Raegan into the octagon after the victory. Nunes, who was born in Brazil but trained in Florida, had Raegan by her side all week of the fight.
“I’m more dangerous now with my little girl,” said Nunes. “Nobody is stopping me.”
The UFC has not given any long-term plans for their 145-pound division, but there is no one for Nunes to contend with that weight for the foreseeable future. Her next move will almost certainly be bantamweight, where she has held the title since UFC 200 in 2016. She has beaten all the big names in the sport, including Miesha Tate, Ronda Rousey, Holly Holm, Cris cyborg and Germaine de Randamie.