DALLAS (AP) — Amanda Nunes won a unanimous five-round decision over Juliana Pea in the main event of UFC 277 on Saturday night to recapture the women’s bantamweight championship she lost last December.
Nunes (22-5), nicknamed “The Lioness”, is again a double-champion, already holding a featherweight belt. The judges’ scores were 50-45, 50-44 and 50-43.
Pea defeated Nunes in Las Vegas last December to claim the title in one of the biggest ups and downs in UFC history.
Saturday’s fight was the first title defense for Pea (12-5) in the 135-pound division.
Brandon Moreno won the co-main event with a third-round TKO over Cai Cara-France in a five-round bout to capture the interim men’s flyweight championship belt.
In the second round Nunes hit Pena three times, twice on the right hook and then on the forehead from the left. Nunes took Pea down in the middle of the third round and placed him on the mat, punching him in the head to open cuts along Pea’s hairline that splattered blood on the mat.
Nunes again put Pea on the back for the fourth and fifth rounds. Pena’s face was covered in blood and the mat was heavily stained.
Referee Herb Dean stopped the fight between Moreno and Cara-France at 4:34 when Moreno made a deep cut under his right eye, bleeding his face and chest, landing a lever kick. Who brought down Cara-France. After this Moreno eliminated him.
Moreno (20–6) from Tijuana, Mexico, came in second place as the top-ranked contender for the division, and Cara-France (24–10) from New Zealand. Moreno called “Mo-ray-no!” Had the support of the crowd shouting slogans. and “Me-xi-ko!” Sometimes during the match.
Diveson Figueredo secured the flyweight belt with a unanimous decision last January in a trilogy fight in the 125-pound division from Moreno. But because of the injury to Figueredo’s hand.
After Saturday’s match, Figueredo entered the octagon with his championship belt and met Moreno. Figueiredo said he wanted to host Moreno in his native Brazil for the undisputed title, and Moreno signaled his acceptance.
Sergei Pavlovich was awarded a TKO in 55 seconds in a scheduled three-round heavyweight bout against Derrick Lewis, the oldest fighter on the card at age 37 and a fan favorite from Houston. Pavlovich hit Lewis with several punches to the head and upper body. Lewis eventually went down but was stopped by referee Dan Miragliota, as both Lewis and the crowd expressed their displeasure with the ruling.
Pavlovich (16-1) finished 11th while Lewis (26-10) finished fifth.
Alexandre Pantoja eliminated Alex Perez on tap in his scheduled three-round men’s flyweight matchup in just 1:31. Pantoja (25-5), No. 4, Perez (24-7), No. 6, got along the fence and locked their arms in Perez’s jaw to force a submission.
Magomed Ankalev scored a TKO on Anthony Smith in the men’s light heavyweight match at 3:09 of the second round of round three. Ankalev (18-1), No. 4, took down Smith (36-17), No. 5 in the first round and then slammed him to the base of the fence at the start of the second round when referee Jacob Montalvo stopped the fight. Smith later told people sitting on the mat that he had broken his left leg before he could get help from the cage.
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