Amanda Nunes won the UFC women’s bantamweight title with a first-round submission of Miesha Tate at UFC 200. Six months after that win Nunes walked into the octagon to defend that title for the first time. Her opponent that night in December 2016 at UFC 207 was ex-champion Ronda Rousey.
The bout was Rousey’s first fight since she lost the title to Holly Holm via head kick more than a year earlier. Rousey entered the contest as the favorite at -175. Nunes was a +145 underdog.
Rousey found herself in trouble early in the fight. The crisp striking of Nunes snapped Rousey’s head back each time she made contact and with Rousey’s porous defense and lack of head movement, Nunes landed more strikes than she missed. The fight was over 48 seconds after it began. During that short time, Nunes landed 27 strikes to Rousey’s seven on her way to the TKO win.
Since that win, Nunes has defended her 135-pound title four times.
Nunes captured her second UFC title in December 2018 when she knocked out Cris Cyborg in 51 seconds to claim the featherweight strap. She defended that belt in June with a five-round win over Felicia Spencer. At UFC 259, Nunes looks to make her second defense of the 145-pound belt when she meets Megan Anderson in the co-main event of the ESPN+ streaming pay-per-view card.
UFC 259 features three title fights. In the main event of the ESPN+ streaming pay-per-view event, UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya moves up to light heavyweight to challenge Jan Blachowicz for his 205-pound title belt. In the co-headliner, two-division women’s champion Amanda Nunes puts her featherweight title on the line against Megan Anderson. Before those two title bouts, bantamweight champion Petr Yan tangles with No. 1 ranked 135-pound contender Aljamain Sterling.
UFC 259 takes place at UFC Apex in Las Vegas. The main card streams on ESPN+ pay-per-view following prelims on ESPN+ and ESPN and early prelims on ESPN+ and UFC Fight Pass.
Before Nunes faces Anderson, watch her knockout win over Rousey right here.