UFC 200- Nunes New Champ w/ Rear-Naked Choke of Tate
UFC 200’s main mantras throughout Saturday evening revolved around celebrating history. As is often talked about, women have only been on the MMA’s biggest level since February 23, 2013. Last night women (who have fought just to have a place in the sport) were in the main event of the promotion’s bicentennial show.
The result of that fight has produced even more history as the UFC has it’s first Brazilian Women’s champion in Amanda “The Lioness” Nunes.
One of Miesha Tate’s biggest criticisms of Nunes was that she breaks in the later rounds and she was expect to break her over 25 minutes. That criticism has been true in two of her fights that went to the final round, but to execute that game plan Tate still had to survive the first five minutes; she did not.
The Women’s Bantamweight (135 lbs.) division is either incredibly dangerous or weak if you’ve read social media comments. Either way, it definitely appears to be in a transitional period: Holly Holm lost in her first defense and now so has Tate as the world waits on the return of “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey, who defended the title seven times*.
*This includes her time as the Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight champion as she never lost the belt before the promotion was bought out by the UFC.
Nunes goes full force with her striking as soon as she’s let out of the proverbial gate. A flurry of rights comes Tate’s way in connection with an outside leg kick. Nunes is taken down by the wrestler from Washington. She pops up on her feet again like a cartoon. Tate repeats the movement but only gets as far as a fruitless clinch before she’s thrown to the golden Octagon floor.
A (illegal) knee zooms by Tate but she can’t avoid a 1-2 combo. The champion is stunned an consistently backing up now. Nunes is smelling blood after having landed back-to-back rights with Tate looking to create space and recover.
Tate is dropped when the challenger goes body-head, but is still in the fight. She stands but gives up her back diving for the legs of Nunes again. At that point, only a few seconds of pressure on the neck were required to make things at Women’s 135 all the more interesting.
Amanda Nunes def. Miesha Tate at 3:16 of Round 1 via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
Nunes is the first openly Lesbian fighter to win a UFC world championship.