(Reuters) – UFC featherweight champion Amanda Nunes dominated Felicia Spencer and scored a complete determination victory on Saturday in retaining her crown, changing into the primary two-weight UFC champ to efficiently defend each belts.
The Canadian challenger went the gap on the UFC 250 occasion on the UFC Apex in Las Vegas on Saturday, however she was utterly outclassed, as Nunes gained each one of many 5 rounds on the judges’ scorecards.
“I studied her very nicely, I do know she’s powerful and I’ve to be sharp if I’ve to go 5 rounds, I’ve to be dominating,” a beaming Nunes advised commentator Joe Rogan after the combat.
“That was my aim, defending my two belts on the identical time. I defended each belts, you already know, I’m the best! I’m so joyful proper now!” she added.
Spencer fought bravely however her limitations had been uncovered early on as Nunes caught her with a stiff jab after which took her to the mat, the place she managed her with ease.
A flurry of punches by Nunes the top of the second spherical virtually put a cease to the competition, and Spencer by some means survived a late choke try on the finish of the fourth, though her brow to swelled up heading into the ultimate spherical.
With Nunes barely breaking a sweat, the physician was known as into the octagon late within the fifth to look at a minimize on Spencer, however the 29-year-old was capable of battle on to the top of a one-sided contest that cemented Nunes’ standing as one of many sport’s most dominant champions.
After beating Miesha Tate to win the bantamweight belt in July 2016, the 32-year-old Brazilian has been on a tear for nearly 4 years, defending that title with violent knockouts of former champions Ronda Rousey and Holly Holm.
She then stepped as much as featherweight and added that title by demolishing the much-feared Cris Cyborg in simply 51 seconds, knocking her unconscious with an outstanding show of boxing in December 2018.
The issue for Nunes and the UFC now could be that there isn’t a challenger on the horizon that appears able to threatening Nunes, who hasn’t misplaced since she was knocked out by Cat Zingano in September 2014.
“I don’t know what’s subsequent, however I’ve proved (myself) already. Tonight I closed a cycle, and I’m happy with myself and my crew,” Nunes stated.
Reporting by Philip O’Connor in Stockholm. Enhancing by Gerry Doyle