She is Brazilian. She has a fellow UFC fighter as a girlfriend and trainer. She is a Lioness. Amanda Nunes lived up to it when she nearly broke her hand in annexing the UFC 135-pound Women’s Championship from Miesha Tate in one round in the main event of UFC 200 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Tate (18-5), who had upset Holly Holm, who upset Ronda Rousey, was knocked off her perch Saturday night with long range bombs landing all too often and breaking her nose in the process.
“I played with fire a little too much,”
Tate admitted afterwards.
Nunes (13-4), who showed her strength in breaking an attempt to put her down early, found Tate easy to find. Then Nunes maneuvered Tate near the end of the opening act with a rear chinlock securing the submisson win and the World Championship.
“Three year’s of my life working hard for this moment, now I feel amazing,”
Nunes, now based in Miami, had hands that were too quick, and she scored often until Tate crumbled to the ground. Tate, her nose broken, was chopped down trying to evade until she was grounded while Amanda pounded away until she wrapped her arm around her neck forcing Miesha to tap. Nunes is the first woman from Brazil to win the championship.