In the Featherweight division of UFC, Cris Cyborg has been arguably the most dominant female in the current era. Losing only one time in her 21 fights as a MMA competitor (her very first fight against Erica Paes on May 17, 2005) and 5-0 in UFC, Cyborg was ready to face Amanda Nunes, who has been running roughshod in the Women’s Bantamweight division. After much anticipation, the stage was set for Cyborg to defend her Featherweight title at UFC 232 against perhaps her most difficult foe, Amanda Nunes.
As soon as the bell rang, both competitors charged each other like bulls, throwing haymaker punches and hoping that they land. Both were able to land punches, but the impact of Nunes’ punches were much greater. Just 51 seconds later, Cyborg was lights out, and the referee called for the bell.
Immediately after the fight, NXT Women’s Champion Shayna Baszler was eager to comment on the dominating win.
With the win, Nunes becomes the first woman in UFC history to hold two titles at once. Her big wins against names such as Cyborg, Ronda Rousey, and Miesha Tate, along with her current eight-fight winning streak, certainly makes her arguably the best female fighter in the world, and very imposing to any opponent she faces in the future.
Interestingly, Baszler has competed against both Cyborg and Nunes during her MMA career before entering the world of professional wrestling. On July 26, 2008, the Queen of Spades lost to Cyborg at the EliteXC: Unfinished Business event via TKO, 2:48 in the second round. She also lost to Nunes at the UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. LaFlare event on March 21, 2015 via TKO, 1:56 in the first round.
Her feud with NXT Women’s Championship top challenger Bianca Belair also heated up, as Baszler responded by reminding Belair that she has been in the cage with both of them before.
Baszler’s fight against Nunes was her second-to-last fight before closing her MMA career at 15-11 after a lost to Reina Miura by unanimous decision at the Deep Jewels 15 event on February 25, 2017. Interestingly, Baszler’s NXT career has been more successful than her MMA one, as she is the only two-time NXT Women’s Championship in the history of the brand.