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UFC 250 results, highlights: Amanda Nunes pummels Felicia Spencer for wide decision win to retain
'The Lioness' was on the prowl on Saturday night in wrecking any hopes Spencer had of an upset
Amanda Nunes entered the Octagon at UFC 250 as a massive favorite in her main event featherweight title defense against Felicia Spencer. Nunes, unquestionably the greatest fighter in the history of women's mixed martial arts, showed exactly why over the course of 25 minutes in dominating Spencer to retain her featherweight title and further cement her legacy as the G.O.A.T.
Nunes, who also holds the UFC bantamweight championship, wasted little time establishing her dominance in the fight, throwing a variety of strikes and landing almost every one of them. Spencer's best path to victory coming into the fight seemed to be working the grappling game. She attempted seven takedowns and succeeded on none. Meanwhile, Nunes scored six takedowns of her own across the five rounds of action.
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As the minutes ticked by, Nunes' strikes left Spencer with cuts under her eyes and on her scalp as well as a massive hematoma on her forehead. Spencer was incredibly tough in hanging in through the fight, trying from the opening bell to make something happen, but there is no one in MMA on Nunes' level.
That fact showed as Nunes dominated on the feet, landing kicks, elbows and punches at will, outlanding Spencer 124-42 in significant strikes. She also dominated on the ground, controlling positioning and nearly finishing submissions. The only flaw in her performance was the lack of a finish, something Nunes said did not surprise her given Spencer's toughness.
"I'm not surprised, I know she's very tough," Nunes said after her win. "I said in all my interviews, I know what she's capable of. I studied her and know she's tough."
The question now becomes: What is left for Nunes? She has effectively cleared out two divisions and challengers like Spencer are clearly not up to the level of facing the champion.
"You know, I don't know [who is next]," Nunes said. "That was my goal, defending my two belts at the same time. I'm with the greats. I'm so happy right now. I don't know what's next. I'm very proud of myself and my team."
Elsewhere on the card, bantamweights seized the day with three emphatic highlight-reel finishes. First it was 'Suga' Sean O'Malley scoring a walk-off knockout over Eddie Wineland where he refused to follow up with any shots. Then Aljamain Sterling made quick work of another top contender in Cory Sandhagen with a vicious rear naked choke that left Sandhagen out cold. Finally, former champ Cody Garbrandt announced he was back with a second-round TKO of Raphael Assuncao as the horn sounded.
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UFC 250 card and results
- Amanda Nunes (c) def. Felicia Spencer via unanimous decision (50-44, 50-44, 50-45)
- via second-round knockout (punch)
- via first-round submission (rear naked choke)
- Neil Magny def. Anthony Rocco Martin via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
- via first-round knockout (punch)
- Alex Caceres def. Chase Hooper via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Ian Heinisch def. Gerald Meerschaert via first-round TKO (punches)
- Cody Stamann def. Brian Kelleher via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Maki Pitolo def. Charles Byrd via second-round TKO (punches)
- Alex Perez def. Jussier Formiga via first-round TKO (leg kicks)
- Devin Clark def. Alonzo Menifield via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
- Herbert Burns def. Evan Dunham via first-round submission (rear-naked choke)
Official scorecards: 50-44, 50-44 and 50-45. All for Nunes
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Nunes lands a series of punches and scores a takedown. Spencer gets back up, Nunes throws her back down. Spencer is going to make it to the final horn, but Nunes won every second of those five rounds.
Spencer tells the doctor she wants to keep fighting and they continue with 52 seconds left.
Spencer gets back to her feet and referee Herb Dean calls for the doctor to look her over.
Nunes disengages from the ground game and Spencer butt scoots forward throwing kicks at Nunes' knees.
Nunes drops more elbows to the face of Spencer.
Spencer has Nunes in her guard and she's trying to make something happen, but Nunes is staying tight and safe.
Spencer has a massive hematoma on her forehead, is cut in multiple spots and her leg is showing a lot of wear from Nunes' kicks.
Spencer tries for the takedown again and Nunes defends again. Spencer has failed on all seven of her takedown attempts. Nunes turns her over and is in side control.
Spencer walks forward throwing punches and gets clipped again. Nunes is doing anything and everything she wants.
Spencer's corner throws her back out for the final round.
Nunes with a few big right hands and Spencer takes them and walks forward into some more big shots. Spencer tries for a takedown, Nunes avoids and is on her back throwing strikes, now Nunes goes for a rear-naked choke but time runs out in the round.
Nunes with a leg kick and a two-punch combination and Spencer felt all three strikes.