Amanda Nunes regains UFC bantamweight title with unanimous decision win over Julianna Pena | MMA News

Amanda Nunes regained the UFC bantamweight title with a dominating unanimous decision win over Julianna Pena in Dallas.

The Brazilian’s five-year reign had been ended by Pena last December, but Nunes avenged that loss with a gripping masterclass before moving the fight to the mat and surviving a number of dangerous submission attempts.

Fighting from a southpaw stance, the 34-year-old dropped Pena three times in the second round – twice with her right hand and once with her left – as her opponent struggled to find her reach.

Nunes pulled off a series of takedowns over the last three rounds and spent most of her time in top position, but she had to survive a threatening armbar submission attempt midway through round four as Pena desperately fought against his back with Nunes raining down. elbows on her.

Nunes had traded strikes with Pena in the second round

The judges rewarded Nunes with a unanimous decision victory that saw her add the bantamweight belt to her featherweight title as she regained her status as the defending champion in two weight classes.

“I know Julianna is tough. I was ready for this. I could have finished her but I wanted to go five rounds to prove I was better than her,” Nunes said.

“I have already done everything. Now I have the belt (again) and I will continue. It’s just something I have to do. Continue. I did everything I could. I’m very happy .”

In the co-main event, Brandon Moreno scored a third-round TKO victory over Kai Kara-France set up with a thunderous kick to the body to claim the interim flyweight title. The Mexican will now face Deiveson Figueredo for the undisputed title.

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