UFC 232 may have been headlined by Jon Jones, who knocked-out Alexander Gustafsson to reclaim the Light Heavyweight Championship, but there was a fight of an almost even-bigger magnitude before it.
For many years now, 12 to be precise, Cris Cyborg had gone unbeaten within the world of MMA, the first fight of her career being the only blemish on her record book.
But she had never fought anyone quite like Amanda Nunes.
The dethroner of Meisha Tate, Ronda Rousey and Valentina Shevchenko stepped into the ring with Cyborg, looking to take her Featherweight championship, and also her legacy.
And boy did she do just that.
The fight was over within 53 seconds, a flurry of punches sending Cyborg crashing to the mat and the referee just had to step in, and that was that.
Cyborg’s coach Jason Parillo recently spoke to MMAjunkie about the devastating loss for his fighter, and pinpointed the exact moment he felt she was defeated.
“I saw Cris go out there and beat herself,” said Parillo. “I’ve said it in many interviews before, and it was always my biggest concern – which is her just going for broke, losing the plot and swinging wild. Just going back to old school Cyborg.
“Because I told her that the higher we climb the ladder, we’re not going to be able to get away with this style. We need to think a little bit more and stay behind the jab.”
“I know Cris. I know my fighter and saw the way she reacted to that leg kick when it hit her.
“Instead of moving out and staying behind her jab, she went for broke off the get-go and got caught doing it.
“It was very much ‘oh no you didn’t,’ and she just started swinging for the fences. Cris went straight disrespect mode, like she can walk down anybody, but she was in there with a skillful fighter who has a really good punch.
“That’s how maybe Cris was going to get beaten, against someone who has the fortitude to be able to sit in there with that aggressive style. You have to respect Amanda for that.”
There’s no doubt Cyborg will be back, she’s too good of a fighter to just sit out and stew whilst other women get opportunities.
Whilst she may not get an immediate rematch against Nunes due to the nature of the defeat, there will be females in the 145 division wanting to face Cyborg whilst she may be at her most vulnerable – but if the Cyborg from pre-Nunes shows up, it’s probably going to be a bloodbath.