Amanda Nunes walked into the T-Mobile Arena on Saturday night looking to accomplish something no Brazilian woman had ever done in the UFC: become a champion.
She was the underdog against champion Miesha Tate, but once the first bell rang, the roles looked reversed. Nunes was all over Tate early and often, dropping major shots on the champion, wobbling her all over the cage. Then when Nunes dropped Tate, she went in for the kill with the same move Tate used to claim the belt from Holly Holm -- a guillotine choke.
And just like that, she was the champion via a first-round submission.
Nunes has now won four fights in a row since losing to Cat Zingano in September 2014, finishing off three of the bantamweight division's best in Tate, Valentina Shevchenko and Sara McMann. Now, she waits for the last woman to hold the belt for more than one fight: Ronda Rousey. The former champ has never faced Nunes, but the last time she faced a Brazilian fighter, well, things didn't go great for Bethe Correia.
For now, Nunes enjoys the spoils of finally climbing the UFC mountain and claiming a title, joining Jose Aldo as Brazilian UFC champions. Brazil was without a champion for all of two days after breaking a streak lasting over a decade with a titleholder.
The women's bantamweight tile has now changed hands three times in the last 238 days after Rousey held it through six title defenses over 1,074 days from December 2012 to November 2015.