HIGHLIGHTS: Amanda Nunes Dominates Megan Anderson With First-Round Submission at UFC 259

Published 03/07/2021, 11:38 AM EST


UFC 259 was billed as one of the greatest cards in UFC history. While everyone can debate the merits of that argument, there is no debate to this. Amanda Nunes is the greatest womenโ€™s fighter of all-time. She has cleaned out two divisions in the UFC and is taking fights against whoever has the audacity to challenge her.

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The latest challenger was a genuine featherweight in Megan Anderson. The Australian fighter may be the tallest woman in the UFC, but the saying goes. The bigger they are, the harder they fall. Amanda Nunes finished Anderson at the three-minute mark of the first round. After dominating on the feet, โ€˜The Lionessโ€™ trapped Anderson in an inverted arm triangle and got the Australian to tap out.

UFC 259: Amanda Nunes unfazed by Megan Anderson and taps her out to win via submission

Anderson tried to have early success against Nunes and succeeded in landing a few punches. However, that would be the highlight of the night for the Featherweight contender.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA โ€“ MARCH 06: (R-L) Megan Anderson of Australia punches Amanda Nunes of Brazil in their UFC featherweight championship fight during the UFC 259 event at UFC APEX on March 06, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

Nunes started dominating early in the fight and had Anderson backing up to the fence. She was landing haymakers with knockout intentions.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA โ€“ MARCH 06: (R-L) Amanda Nunes of Brazil punches Megan Anderson of Australia in their UFC featherweight championship fight during the UFC 259 event at UFC APEX on March 06, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Eventually, Nunes caught Megan on the feet and followed up on the ground. After scrambling on the mat, Nunes locked in an inverted arm triangle for a quick night at the office.

After this point, the focus of the show quickly shifted from the dominant champion to her adorable child. Nunes brought her daughter into the cage post-fight, and Megan Anderson even got a chance to say hello to her.

Nunes posed with her wife and fellow UFC fighter, Nina Ansaroff, after her win. Of course, her daughter was also in the image.

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At the end of it all, Nunes left the cage with her time-honored victory tradition of her coach carrying her out on his shoulders. After everything sheโ€™s done, she deserves all the recognition coming her way.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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