The UFC women’s bantamweight championship is a rather young belt on the UFC’s roster. It was in a way absorbed and converted from the Strikeforce women’s bantamweight title that the former MMA legend Ronda Rousey used to hold after Strikeforce was bought by the UFC. Thus, Rousey was the inaugural UFC women’s bantamweight champion. An esteemed title which she held as the Queen of the bantamweights for six title defenses before finally losing to Holly Holm.
Holm had shocked the world by defeating the once invincible Rousey and couldn’t hold on to the belt and lost it to Miesha Tate in her first defense. The hot potato of the title continued as Tate, in turn, lost the belt to the current champion Amanda Nunes. Nunes winning the belt brought the much-needed stability to this division since the days of Rowdy Ronda Rousey.
Apart from the fact that all three of these extremely talented women, i.e. Rousey, Holm, and Tate held the same title belt, there is, unfortunately, one more thing common between them. They have all lost to Amanda Nunes. Rousey, Holm and Tate back in their prime all of them had legitimate claims to be some of the best fighters in the division, and yet they were all brutally knocked out by Nunes that too in the very first round itself. Such is the immense skill and talent that Nunes possesses.
The Brazilian has time and time again been doubted by almost everyone, yet she continues to defy odds and proves her doubters wrong every time.
At UFC 239 against Holm, it was expected to be a tough and an extremely adverse match up for Nunes. The fight was even looking to be extremely close, with Holly walking down Nunes with good movement and pinning her towards the cage. However, one slight mistake and an opening were all Nunes needed.
With only about fifty seconds left on the clock for the first round, as Holm with her hands down (which is almost a cardinal sin for a former professional boxer) was looking for a push kick, Nunes instantly struck her with a high kick to the head. It landed perfectly and knocked Holm down before The Lioness jumped to finish off her prey with a few more punches.
Due to her aggressive style of fighting, some might confuse her to be a wild brawler, but with her, every inch of every punch thrown is well calculated and precise. The fact that she has now brutal and dominant knockout victories over arguably four of the most gifted women to compete in MMA, in Cris Cyborg, Rousey, Holm, and Tate, is just another piece of evidence for how good Tate is.
Joanna Jedrzejczyk, Rousey and Cyborg were and Valentina Shevchenko still is extremely dominant and have had much better win streaks. However, no one has fought and defeated the kind of competition that Nunes has. The long list of names on her resume speaks for themselves.
She has dominant victories over the current UFC women’s flyweight champion, three former bantamweight champion as well as the former featherweight champion.
A two-division champion, Nunes is without a doubt the G.O.A.T. of women’s MMA and her rise has only just begun!