Nunes, an underdog according to bookmakers, stormed Miesha Tate in the UFC 200 headliner and claimed the women's bantamweight title by submitting "Cupcake" in the first round via rear naked choke.
Nunes could make her first title defense at the Garden, but she's a virtual unknown and won't be much of a draw unless Ronda Rousey is her opponent. She credited her development to training partner and girlfriend Nina Ansaroff, who fights in the UFC women's strawweight division. "This girl is going to be the next UFC champion, I'm telling you". The oddsmakers made that clear in the betting lines and I don't think many UFC insiders gave him a chance.
- Speaking of who is champion, Amanda Nunes is the new UFC Female Bantamweight Champion, as she upset Miesha Tate with a dominating performance.
If the timing doesn't work for Rousey, White suggested Holm (10-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) could be next in line if she gets by Valentina Shevchenko (12-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) in UFC on FOX 20's headliner on July 23. This girl, she helps me every day.
The big man won his co-main event fight via unanimous decision. The UFC also recently revealed "We Are All Fighters" shirts and a partnership with the LGBTQ Center in Las Vegas to promote equality among the LGBTQ community.
Aldo put on his belt and immediately made threatening gestures at McGregor, who shouted back at his most bitter rival.
"She's very fast, very unsafe and she caught me fair and square", Tate said. I had one hell of a time tonight and I enjoyed myself so we'll see what happens.
It was all Lesnar in the third round as he took Hunt down near the fence and kept control while landing rights and lefts.
Meanwhile, Daniel Cormier claimed a dominant victory over Anderson Silva, who had been drafted into fight on two days' notice after Jon Jones was dropped from the main event for failing a drug test. From the opening bell, Lesnar created hard angles for Hunt, and eventually got Hunt to the mat where Lesner used his wrestling skills to the best of his abilities.
"I wanted to finish the fight, but the guy's got a coconut head, " Lesnar said. Cormier took Silva down repeatedly throughout the fight, and controlled the action from the top. Browne has gone loss-win-loss-win in his past four fights but knows a win here puts him one huge step closer to his own title shot.
Velasquez lost the belt to Fabricio Werdum 13 months ago and figures to be in contention again with a possible shot against current champ Stipe Miocic.