The UFC Women’s Bantamweight Championship is now in a “revolving door” state, as Amanda Nunes took out Miesha Tate at UFC 200 to take the belt.
Nunes’ victory comes after Tate choked out Holly Holm in March, who herself knocked out Ronda Rousey last November. Those three quick title changes came after Rousey’s six successful defenses inside the Octagon, and now things are entirely wide open.
It was a dominant performance from Nunes, and she is now the only current Brazilian champion in the UFC following Rafael dos Anjos losing the UFC Lightweight Title on Thursday. She pieced up Tate early and often, and there was a key flurry against the cage that turned things significantly. Tate tried to defend, but she was rocked and Nunes took full advantage with several flurries up against the cage.
Hurt, bloodied up, and in desperate need of a momentum swing, Tate shot in, and it proved to be her end. Nunes stuffed the attempt, took Tate’s back, landed a few hard strikes, then locked on a rear naked choke – the same submission with which Tate won the title – and forced the tap.
Nunes is now the fourth ever champion in this women’s 135 lb. division, and in a tangential note becomes the first ever openly gay champion in the process.
[Photo (c) Mark J. Rebilas via USA Today Sports]
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