Claims Belt in UFC 269 Shocker: Julianna Pena Stops Nunes

Claims Belt in UFC 269 Shocker: Julianna Pena Stops Nunes

Julianna Pena

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Julianna Peña did not even recognize Amanda Nunes had tapped out of Peña's chokehold till any individual informed her withinside the cage moments after the referee pulled her off the long-reigning champion.

One of the most important upsets in UFC records could have been a marvel withinside the second for Peña, however, she had in no way stopped believing she ought to do the almost impossible.

“Everybody became drowsing on me, and I shook up the arena and did precisely what I stated I became going to do,” Peña stated. “But I’m now no longer surprised. I actually have a massive coronary heart and determination.”

Peña stopped Nunes with the aid of using submission with a rear-bare choke withinside the 2nd spherical at UFC 269 on Saturday night time, claiming the bantamweight identify from the long-reigning -department champion in a 10-to-1 disappointed.

Charles Oliveira additionally defended his lightweight identity for the primary time with a 0.33-spherical stoppage victory over Dustin Poirier with the aid of using status rear bare choke withinside the important event.

But the nighttime belonged to Peña (eleven-4), who became a big underdog towards a vaunted opponent extensively taken into consideration the finest fighter withinside the records of women's blended martial arts. Nunes had gained 12 consecutive fights due to the fact 2014 and reigned concurrently atop the 135-pound bantamweight and 145-pound featherweight divisions for 3 years.

“Amanda has been any such top-notch champion, and she or he’s achieved a ton for the recreation,” Peña stated. “For me in order to take out arguably the finest of all time is something that’s nevertheless sinking in proper now.”

After Nunes in large part ruled the primary spherical with knockdowns and advanced striking, Peña shockingly harm Nunes with punches in a slugfest beginning with the second one spherical. Peña then was given Nunes to the floor, was given her lower back, and pressured the champion to faucet out with a choker around her neck with 1:38 left.

“It feels crazy,” Peña stated. “I surely anticipated to win, however, the international is my oyster.”

Peña had gained simply of her 4 fights over the past five half years, and the Spokane local who trains in Chicago were given the identity shot as one of the few valid 135-pound opponents that Nunes hadn’t already beaten. Peña did not combat for 30 months from 2017 to 2019 whilst giving beginning to her daughter, however she gained of her 3 resulting bouts to get this shot.

“Julianna is someone who continually believed in herself and believed that she ought to win this combat if she were given it,” UFC President Dana White stated. “You heard her for months main as much as this combat, and she or he did it. It’s one of the matters that make this recreation so incredible. A disappointment like this, in which you can not agree with it, occurs all of the time here.”

Nunes became preventing for most effective the 0.33 time in years after making featherweight defenses due to the fact the maximum current protection of her bantamweight belt in December 2019. Few warring parties had even given her a stiff assignment due to the fact her 2nd victory over present-day flyweight champ Valentina Shevchenko with the aid of using break-up selection in 2017.

Nunes is nearly positive to be granted a rematch with Peña, who's keen to furnish it: “We can do it the subsequent week. I'm losing a subsequent week. I'm loose subsequent month.”

After Peña's disappointment, Oliveira (32-8, 1 no-contest) survived hard to combat with Poirier (28-7, 1 no-contest) to enhance to 10-zero with 9 stoppage victories due to the fact 2017.

Poirier battered the champ with punches withinside the first spherical and knocked him down twice, however, Oliveira took manipulate at the floor withinside the 2nd spherical with a sequence of vicious elbows. He completed the combat with 3:fifty eight left withinside the 0.33 with the aid of using attaching himself to Poirier's lower back and forcing him to faucet whilst status up.

“We admire every different a lot,” Oliveira stated thru a translator. “But I became going to have my arm raised, and that is what happened. ... I need to make records. I need to go away a legacy, and I plan to reveal to human beings that I can.”

Oliveira subsequently claimed the belt remaining May in his twenty-eighth UFC combat -- the longest watch for an identity withinside the promotion’s records and the end result of an epic adventure with the aid of using a Brazilian veteran who overcame poverty and formative years infection to turn out to be an elite jiu-jitsu practitioner and blended martial artist.

Oliveira set the UFC file for stoppage victories with the aid of using beating Michael Chandler with punches, and his end of Poirier improved the file to 18. Oliveira’s 10-combat triumphing streak is the second one-longest lively string withinside the UFC, trailing most effective Kamaru Usman’s 15 straight.

Oliveira and White each stated the champ's subsequent protection is possible to be towards Justin Gaethje, the unique brawler who held the intervening time identity in 2020.

Poirier already had a marvelous 2021 together along with his victories over Conor McGregor, erasing the vaunted former champion’s triumphing mystique and making significant paychecks for decisive stoppage wins. Poirier's most effective different loss in his remaining eleven fights due to the fact 2016 became to Khabib Nurmagomedov, who took away Poirier's intervening time light-weight identify earlier than retiring undefeated.

“It ruins the dream final results that I had planned, to for all time be an international champion after tonight,” Poirier stated. “But the 12 months isn’t ruined. A possibility I had is ruined, and that’s all proper. It is what it is. I’ll appearance withinside the replicate like a man.”

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