UFC 232’s women’s featherweight title fight ended almost before it began as Amanda Nunes provided one of the knockouts of the year.
The 135-pound fighter was looking for her fourth title defence as well as attempting to become the first woman to hold two divisions simultaneously in Inglewood on Saturday.
Her opponent entering the match, Cris Cyborg, was undefeated since 2005, and was heavily fancied by most entering the fight, including Joe Rogan.
But he got quite the surprise just 49 seconds into the fight when Nunes became the first ever women’s “champ-champ”.
Not usually one to hide his emotions anyway, pay-per-view caller Rogan provided the UFC fans with another memorable fight reaction.
Both he and the entire commentating table were both visibly and audibly shocked by the way the match concluded.
Following the fight, Cyborg quickly raised the idea of a rematch to try and get her hands on the belt once more, but UFC president Dana White wasn’t quite so sold on the idea.
When asked about the do-over by Cyborg, he made it clear: “I don’t think you do (need it). I mean it was a pretty convincing win.”
It’s not a surprise that Cris Cyborg hasn’t got used to losing yet. The fighter last lost a bout all the way back in May 2005 and was attempting her third title defence.
The Brazilian has also won in convincing style, earning herself 17 knockouts in 20 wins.
None of which seemed to bother the smaller Amanda Nunes, who made quick work of her fancied opponent.
The now “champ-champ” joins Jon Jones as the major winner from the UFC 232 night and will receive her winner’s sum as a result.
The Brazilian looked visibly shocked after the ref stopped the fight, only managing to find the word “incredible” as she was interviewed.
Now a two-division champion, she can be sure that several people will have a target on her back and a title defence may be on her doorstep quicker than she realises.
Whoever the challenger, they will have a tough time beating the woman they call the “Lioness”.