Amanda Nunes made a huge statement in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women's Bantamweight division at UFC Fight Night 73 on Saturday night (Aug. 8, 2015).
"The Lioness" dropped Sara McMann and then ended her night with a rear-naked choke submission inside Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn., to earn her fourth career submission inside the Octagon, trailing only the current women's 135-pound champion, Ronda Rousey.
Nunes was aggressive early missing badly on a spinning-hook kick and McMann took her back for a brief moment, but was not able to land the takedown. Shortly after, Nunes dropped the former Olympian wrestler with a big right hand. The Brazilian swarmed in on the ground and landed more punches. McMann gave up her back and Nunes flattened her out with more punches. Nunes rolled over with McMann and locked up the fight ending choke and forced the tap.
The official stoppage came at the 2:53 mark of the opening round.
A huge win for the 27-year-old Brazilian from American Top Team, who took out the No.4 ranked women's bantamweight in dominant fashion and has now won two in a row. She improves to 10-4 overall and is now 4-1 in the UFC. This win should move her up the rankings.
McMann drops her second straight fight and is now 8-3 overall and holds a disappointing 2-3 record in UFC.
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