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UFC 269 took place at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts on February 19th, 2016. The main event was a fight between Amanda Nunes and Julianna Pena for the UFC Women’s Bantamweight Championship. Nunes won by knockout in the first round. Charles Oliveira retained his lightweight title when he defeated Frankie Edgar by submission in the third round.
Prior to her loss against Julianna Pena, Amanda Nunes (left) had gone undefeated since 2014.
Julianna Pena stunned the UFC by submitting two-division champion Amanda Nunes at UFC 269, resulting in one of the greatest upsets in the organization’s history.
Pena, 32, of the United States, stopped the Brazilian’s 12-fight winning run to claim the women’s bantamweight championship.
In the co-main event, Brazilian Charles Oliveira successfully defended his lightweight championship by submitting Dustin Poirier in the third round in Las Vegas.
Poirier, the former interim champion, was the pre-fight favorite.
‘The Lioness’ is dethroned by Pena, who shocks the world.
In the first round, Pena showed her tenacity and grappling abilities by successfully defending off her back as Nunes, 33, attempted a first-round submission finish.
Then, in a dramatic second round that brought the Las Vegas fans to its feet, Pena went toe-to-toe with Nunes and exchanged blows in a long striking sequence that saw the challenger progressively get the upper hand.
Pena’s left jab seemed to be unstoppable, as she ultimately broke down ‘The Lioness’ before dragging a weary champion to the mat and securing a rear-naked choke that forced Nunes to tap out and confess defeat.
“I warned you. Never, ever, ever, EVER, EVER, EVER, EVER, EVER, EVER Willpower, strength, and dedication will get you where you want to go “she proclaimed after winning the championship.
“She tapped, and I asked the commissioner, ‘Is it over?’ He said, ‘Yes, you won,’ and I exclaimed, ‘Oh, that’s terrific.’
“I had high hopes for a triumph, and I’m overjoyed. The world is my oyster, and you have the potential to achieve whatever you want with your life, as I just demonstrated tonight.”
Poirier fails in his second attempt at the crown.
After their battle, Dustin Poirier (left) congratulates Charles Oliveira.
Oliveira, 32, used his world-class grappling talents to overcome Poirier’s resistance.
Oliveira frequently injured Poirier’s body with kicks and knees in a frantic first round, but the American continued to surge forward and deliver massive punches that surprised the champion as the momentum swung back and forth.
Poirier eventually downed Oliveira, but instead of engaging the jiu-jitsu expert on the mat, he waved Oliveira up to his feet, and the fight began.
Oliveira controlled the second round, bringing Poirier to the ground and attempting to submit him. Poirier, who is also a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, fought back grimly as the champion landed with hard elbows from the top.
In the third round, the champion finished the job by taking Poirier’s back in the opening seconds of the round, then locking in a standing rear-naked choke to force the tap and earn his maiden title defense via submission.
Oliveira’s victory was his 29th finish in 32 career wins, as well as his 20th submission. It was also his 20th victory in the octagon of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
“I’m a global champion in my sport. I’m the boss. They converse. It’s what I do, “After his victory, he stated.
“They have the ability to strike. They have a lot of power over me. I, on the other hand, continue marching ahead.”
Meanwhile, a dejected Poirier was left to question what went wrong in his second championship defense after falling short.
“His durability,” the Louisiana native replied when asked what shocked him about the winner. On him, I got some terrific clean shots. That was going to get him out of the first round, I thought.
“When I wasn’t supposed to, I brawled again. The goal was for me to take my time and let the fight play out, then drag him into the fourth and fifth rounds and pick him apart.”
After a tremendous victory, Kara-France demands for a championship chance.
Kai Kara-France of New Zealand defeated former bantamweight world champion Cody Garbrandt by TKO and then demanded a rematch with the winner of the next flyweight championship fight between Brandon Moreno and Deiveson Figueiredo.
Kara-France, 28, walked around the octagon slowly stalking Garbrandt. Then, when he spotted his opportunity, he hit with a massive right hand that knocked the American to the ground.
Kara-France came in, hoping to do the job, and waited patiently while Garbrandt, 30, struggled to get away from the danger.
But the Kiwi striker was undeterred, and after another barrage of blows, Garbrandt’s resistance was broken and the fight was stopped at three minutes and 21 seconds in the first round.
“I feel I’m the greatest in the world,” Kara-France said after winning his 14th career victory. “Taking out a previous champion simply placed me right in position next for a championship chance.”
“Brandon Moreno and Figueiredo have been on my radar. That fight’s winner is who I desire. The next flyweight world champion will be crowned right here in 2022.”
Garbrandt, on the other hand, is in a tough position after his fifth defeat – and fourth loss by KO or TKO – in his last six fights.
O’Malley stuns with a TKO victory.
Sean O’Malley, a rising bantamweight star, won a crowd-pleasing first-round TKO of Brazilian Raulian Paiva in the first main event bout.
O’Malley, 27, seemed cool and confident as he established his range early in the first round, then loaded up at the conclusion of the first round with a flurry of heavy-handed strokes to force his 12th victory from 15 career triumphs.
After extending his winning streak to three, O’Malley said that his TKO finish was inspired by his coach Tim Welch watching Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez boxing matches.
He stated of Paiva, “Honestly, I believe he’s one of the hardest fighters I’ve ever faced.”
“However, when I land those huge shots, I’ll take you out, and that’s exactly what occurred.”
“Tim and I were watching Canelo highlights before I got here, and I wanted to throw (Paiva) up against the cage and tee off like that.”
The very best of the rest
On the preliminary card earlier in the evening, fan favorites Dominick Cruz and Tai Tuivasa had massive victories.
Cruz, the former bantamweight champion, came back from a first-round knockdown to win by unanimous decision against Pedro Munhoz.
With a second-round stoppage of Brazil’s Augusto Sakai, Tuivasa won the night’s greatest knockout, before celebrating with a traditional’shoey’ to the pleasure of the Las Vegas crowd.
Geoff Neal, a top-15 contender, won a split decision against another top-15 contender Santiago Ponzinibbio in their welterweight main event match (28-29, 30-27, 29-28).
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