However, with the bantamweight champion’s excellent takedown defense record, it will be extremely difficult for Julianna Pena to control the fight. And if this fight takes place on the standup, then Amanda Nunes is incredibly powerful and dangerous than her opponent. Before we analyze this matchup and make a prediction, let us compare the stats of the two bantamweight fighters that will step inside the octagon this weekend. Former bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz also rallied for a unanimous decision over Pedro Munhoz.
Poirier’s only other loss in his last 11 fights since 2016 was to Khabib Nurmagomedov, who took away Poirier’s interim lightweight title before retiring undefeated. Nunes was fighting for only the third time in two years after making two featherweight defenses since her most recent defense of her bantamweight belt in December 2019. Few opponents had even given her a stiff challenge since her second victory over current flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko by split decision in 2017. Pena returned to action in July 2019 and has since won two of her three fights with victories against Sara McMann and Nicco Montano. The McMann win came earlier this year in January and the third-round rear-naked choke submission has helped her earn this title shot against the champion. Poirier’s only other loss in his last 11 fights since 2016 was to Khabib Nurmagomedov, who took away Poirier’s interim lightweight title before retiring undefeated.
“I definitely expected to win, but the world is my oyster.” This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Quotes displayed in real-time or delayed by at least 15 minutes. In the first round, Nunes dropped her twice – once with a leg kick then a jab.
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Having dominantly reigned over both the bantamweight and featherweight classes for years, most expected the “Lioness” to brush “The Venezuelan Vixen” aside and add another defense to her résumé. The former lightweight title challengers collided on the main card of UFC 268 at Madison Square Garden. If Pena can defeat Nunes again, it opens up a whole new realm of opportunity for the women’s bantamweight division in the UFC. There are so many fresh match ups available for the UFC to make and Pena will be the undisputed top dog. As soon as the fight ended there was talk of a rematch, and it’s quite easily the biggest women’s fight the UFC could make right now heading into the new year. There will be title fights, shocking upsets, incredible wars and new rivalries created throughout the year, but there are some that already spilling over from this year.
In the second round, Pena came out swinging and they had an unbelievable exchange for a few minutes. Pena clinched with her up against the fence before taking her down and locking in the rear-naked choke for the win. Nunes took to Instagram on Monday to say that she accepts a rematch with Pena and promised to come back better than ever.
The UFC could book an immediate rematch between Pena and Nunes. Pena, one of the few remaining bantamweight contenders that Nunes hasn’t fought and beat already, came into the fight with plenty of momentum after defeating Sara McMann earlier this year. She has called for a fight with Nunes for years, but the fight never materialized until now. Julianna Pena was one of the few bantamweight contenders who openly admitted she wasn’t scared of Amanda Nunes, and she backed it up with an incredible upset win at UFC 269. Logan Paul has taken a shot at Floyd Mayweather for allegedly not paying him for their boxing match.
‘Pay me my money’ – Paul claims ‘corny weasel’ Mayweather still owes him The two men fought in an exhibition PPV boxing match back in June. And it sounds like all the finances have yet to be settled. While Nunes delivered some huge shots in the opening exchanges, Peña hung in there and turned the fight into a slugfest. Insiders Betting Digest provides the hardcore and casual bettor with takes they can’t find anywhere else.
The fight was originally scheduled for UFC 265 earlier this month on August 07 but was postponed when Nunes tested positive for COVID-19 a week out from the fight. The UFC bantamweight title bout between champion Amanda Nunes and Julianna Pena has been rescheduled for December 11 at UFC 269. This is the first time Nunes has defended her title in the bantamweight division since December 2019. Nunes defended her title earning a unanimous decision win over Germaine de Randamie at UFC 245. Before she took on Amanda Nunes in UFC 269, Julianna Pena (11-4) had talked about clobbering her opponent.
However, Oliveira got Poirier on his back in the middle of the cage early in the second, landing thunderous elbows before jumping on Poirier’s back and securing the choke early in the third round. “I told you, don’t ever doubt me again. Willpower, strength and determination will take you places. You literally have the ability to do anything you want in this life, and I just proved that tonight.” The feud between Jon Jones and his former coach Mike Winkeljohn intensified this evening with the former UFC light heavyweight champion going off against the trainer in a series of Tweets.
The champ was loading up with power, but she missed again and again, and all that did was tire her out. A pivotal women’s strawweight matchup pitting Marina Rodriguez vs. Yan Xiaonan has been added to UFC 272. In recent years, after fans see broadcast replays of sensational finishes in UFC fights, they’ve been able to look forward to extra replays. Khasan Magomedsharipov, younger brother of UFC featherweight Zabit Magomedsharipov, will compete on the stacked Bellator Dublin card. Former UFC champion Robert Whittaker has been added as a fully voiced companion in Skyrim mod. But Cyborg thinks not only did Nunes gas out against Peña, she gave up as soon as Peña got position for the fight-ending choke.