Megan Anderson, sadly, has become another statistic for the GOAT.
Challenging for the UFC women’s featherweight champion against Brazilian superstar Amanda Nunes – widely regarded as the greatest female Mixed Martial Artist ever – Anderson was submitted in the opening round at UFC 259 in Las Vegas.
So easy, and swift, was the victory, UFC commentator and former champion Daniel Cormier described the result as a “non event”.
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Coming into the fight as a whopping $8 underdog with bookmakers, Gold Coast native Anderson was wobbled in the opening exchanges after being hit with several big right hands.
From there, it quickly got worse — with the Aussie stopped in just over two minutes via an armbar.
For Nunes, the easy win continues a stellar run that has seen the two-division champion go six years and now 12 fights without loss.
Amanda Nunes latches on a modified triangle and armbar.Source:Supplied
Apart from holding two UFC straps, and being on the longest win streak of any female UFC fighter ever, Nunes is also famed for ending the career of US megastar Ronda Rousey and dethroning fellow Brazilian great Cris Cyborg.
Now, Anderson joins that list as well.
In an incredible fight night at the UFC Apex Centre, the Nunes win came only a fight after UFC bantamweight champ Petr Yan was controversially stripped of his title after being disqualified for an illegal knee against Aljamain Sterling.
Yan struck the New Yorker when he was quite obviously on the ground, conduct which Sterling labelled afterwards as “f…ing bullshit”.
"It's not my fault!" 😅
🏆🦁🏆 @Amanda_Leoa is once again unparalleled in her greatness. #UFC259pic.twitter.com/Mn5z8Drh1g
However, after spending several minutes on the canvas, quite obviously concussed, Sterling was eventually awarded the title – however tossed the gold strap onto the Octagon floor shortly after it was wrapped around his waist.
The card represented a tough night for Australia, with Melbourne welterweight Jake Matthews also submitted in the third round of his fight against undefeated American Sean Brady, who is now 14-zero.
Brady secured his fourth win inside the Octagon with an arm triangle after 3:28 gone in the third round.
For Matthews, the loss halted what was quickly building as a strong run for the 26-year-old, who had won three straight and six of his past seven.
Originally published asDivision over? Aussie UFC gun embarrassed by GOAT
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