After losing her bantamweight title to Juliana Pea in December, Amanda Nunes reaffirmed her greatness to some who doubted her. And though Pea surrendered his belt to Nunes at the UFC 277 main event at the American Airlines Center in Dallas on Saturday, he proved he’s one of the toughest fighters to ever set foot in the Octagon.
It was an incredible fight, as Nunes moved southeast early and was cracking Pea repeatedly with stern right hands. She wrestled heavily in the second half of the fight and Pea, despite being covered in blood, was throwing submission attempts.
But it was Nunes’ night and he made perhaps his greatest appearance since stopping Chris Cyborg at UFC 232 in 2018.
Nunes won all five rounds on all three judges’ cards, winning by scores of 50–45, 50–44 and 50–43. Nunes, at Yahoo Sports, was 50-44.
There was no doubt when it was over, although there was a lot of doubt throughout the fight. Nunes was clearly in control, but Pea caught him in several submission attempts, including an armbar and a kimura, which caused Nunes to panic.
Nunes said before the fight that she was not in perfect shape prior to her first fight, when she lost the title at UFC 269 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Pea presented him that night with a rear-neck choke in the second round.
But Nunes dominated from start to finish and Pea was turning over and over again. He slashed Pea with an elbow on the top of the forehead and blood flowed to Pea’s eyes for most of the final two rounds. The Pea cutman Dawn House did an admirable job of stopping it, but Nunes was reopening it and Pea was leaking all over the Octagon.
Nunes reaffirmed her status as the greatest female fighter in MMA history, but Pea still sits as her biggest challenger after two bouts.