Surging Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women's Bantamweight competitor Amanda Nunes is now on a two-fight win streak courtesy of her first-round submission victory (recap here) over former 135-pound title challenger Sara McMann.
Nunes blasted McMann early in the initial frame before finishing the one-time Olympic wrestler on the ground with a rear-naked choke at UFC Fight Night 73 last night (Sat., Aug. 8, 2015) inside Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee (see full results here).
"The Lioness" began the fight in a hurry, launching an ill-advised spinning hook kick, which resulted in the 34-year-old McMann taking the Brazilian's back momentarily. A few seconds later, McMann was dropped with a huge right hand from Nunes.
That would mark the beginning of the end for McMann, who gave up her back and was softened up by punches, which allowed for Nunes to cinch in the rear-naked choke little more than two minutes into their 135-pound frenzy.
The 27-year-old Nunes picked up the biggest victory of her career and is now in-line for an upgrade in opponent after sending home the No. 4-ranked McMann with relative ease. It was also her second-straight fight to end in the first round.
Nunes sees her overall record rise to 11-4, 4-1 UFC. McMann loses for the second-straight time and slides to 8-3 overall, 2-3 UFC.
For complete UFC Fight Night 73: "Teixeira vs. Saint Preux" results, including play-by-play updates, click here.