Amanda “The Lioness” Nunes, 31, is still the reigning champion of the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s women’s bantamweight division. Fighting out of Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, she successfully defended her title at “UFC 245.”
Featuring 13 MMA fights, the UFC held “UFC 245” at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States on December 14, 2019. In the 11th bout of the evening, Germaine “The Iron Lady” de Randamie, 35, of Utrecht, Netherlands challenged Nunes for the UFC Women’s Bantamweight Championship belt.
Keith Peterson served as the referee of the title bout. It went the distance and Nunes landed eight takedowns, which is the most takedowns landed in a women’s title fight in the UFC.
It broke the previous record by Ronda “Rowdy” Rousey, 32, of Santa Monica, California, USA. The former UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion landed six takedowns when she successfully defended her title against Miesha “Cupcake” Tate, 33, of Las Vegas at “UFC 168” at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on December 28, 2013.
After five five-minute rounds, the title bout between Nunes and de Randamie was left in the hands of the three judges, who scored it 49-44, 49-46 and 49-45. In the end, Peterson raised the hand of the Brazilian defending champ, who was declared the winner via unanimous decision.
It was a rematch between Nunes and de Randamie. On November 6, 2013, the Brazilian MMA star knocked out the Dutch fighter via elbows at “UFC Fight Night 31” at the Fort Campbell in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, USA.
Winning at “UFC 245” improved the professional MMA record of Nunes to 19 wins and 4 losses. She is now riding a 10-bout winning streak.
“UFC 245” marked Nunes’s 12th victory in the UFC. This is the most wins by a female fighter in the promotion breaking the previous record of Jessica “Bate Estaca” Andrade, 28, of Umuarama, Parana, Brazil, who earned her 11th UFC win when she dethroned former UFC Women’s Strawweight Champion Rose “Thug” Namajunas, 27, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA at “UFC 237” on May 11, 2019 at the Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Born in Salvador on May 30, 1988, Nunes has been competing professionally since 2008. Here is the Brazilian champ prior to the “UFC 245” fight night: