Amanda Nunes And Her All Time Greatest Knockouts

Published 02/17/2021, 11:57 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JUNE 06: Amanda Nunes of Brazil celebrates after her unanimous-decision victory over Felicia Spencer of Canada in their UFC featherweight championship bout during the UFC 250 event at UFC APEX on June 06, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


Amanda Nunes is undoubtedly the best women fighter in the history of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. The Brazilian MMA fighter is currently the reigning champion of the bantamweight and the featherweight division in the UFC. ‘The Lioness’, as her name suggests, is resilient and fearless when she is inside the octagon.

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As of 2021, she has been ranked at #1 in the UFC women’s pound-for-pound rankings.

Nunes has given phenomenal performances in her MMA career. Her knockouts are nothing but a visual treat to the eyes of her fans. She is widely regarded as the greatest fighter of all time, and all her records and stats strongly support this statement. With a stellar record of 20-4-0 in her MMA career, she has definitely proved that there is none like her.

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INGLEWOOD, CA – DECEMBER 29: Amanda Nunes of Brazil celebrates her KO victory over Cris Cyborg of Brazil in their women’s featherweight bout during the UFC 232 event inside The Forum on December 29, 2018 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

The high-level striker and grappler is nothing less than an elite-level fighter. Her heavy hands and her several KO/TKO stoppages have also helped her in dominating her opponents throughout the game. She has numerous wins to her name, out of which some have taken a notable place in the history of mixed martial art and the UFC.

Amanda Nunes vs Julia Budd- The fight that lasted for 14 seconds

This bout has to be on the list of the most amazing fights of Nunes’ career. Nunes fought Budd back in 2011 at Strikeforce Challengers: Woodley vs. Saffiedine in Nashville, Tennessee. This was the Brazilian’s first fight in Strikeforce, and she started her journey with a bang.

She defeated the Canadian in just 14 seconds via knockout. Nunes majorly used her leg kicks and consecutive right hands to dominate over her opponent. ‘The Lioness’ showed her aggressive style of fighting in this bout and made a name for herself in the game.

Nunes vs Cris Cyborg- Fight For The Featherweight Championship

This epic fight took place in the year 2018 at UFC 232. This time, ‘The Lioness’ had moved up in weight, and was against the legendary fighter Cris Cyborg. To top it off, this was a title fight and the featherweight championship belt was on the line. To nobody’s surprise, Nunes used her dominance and power and knocked down Cyborg in just 51 seconds of the first round of the fight.

With this win, she became the first woman in UFC’s history to win championships in two divisions simultaneously. The Brazilian also grabbed the Performance of the Night award for a thrilling show.

INGLEWOOD, CA – DECEMBER 29: (L-R) Amanda Nunes of Brazil punches Cris Cyborg of Brazil in their women’s featherweight bout during the UFC 232 event inside The Forum on December 29, 2018 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

When Amanda Nunes took over Ronda Rousey

Nunes was on the top of her game when she fought Ronda Rousey in the year 2016 in the main event at UFC 207. This was the first time the Brazilian had defended her bantamweight title. With her punches, she knocked down Rousey in 48 seconds in the first round of the bout.

‘The Lioness’ again grabbed the ‘Performance of the Night’ award for her splendid performance inside the octagon. She was running at a winning streak of four when she fought this MMA superstar. With this win, she proved herself to be one of the strongest members of the game.

LAS VEGAS, NV – DECEMBER 30: (R-L) Amanda Nunes of Brazil punches Ronda Rousey in their UFC women’s bantamweight championship bout during the UFC 207 event at T-Mobile Arena on December 30, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

‘The Lioness’ vs Holly Holm

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This extraordinary fight, which has to be on the list of Nunes’ all-time greatest knockouts, took place in 2019 at UFC 239. The bout was a battle between the two best women fighters of UFC. Nunes was up against Holly Holm to defend her bantamweight title for the fourth time since she earned it.

This thrilling fight ended in round one when Nunes showed her head kick and punches and knocked Holm down. The Brazilian once again was awarded the ‘Performance of the Night’ award for her spectacular performance.

LAS VEGAS, NV – JULY 06: Amanda Nunes of Brazil kicks Holly Holm in their UFC bantamweight championship fight during the UFC 239 event at T-Mobile Arena on July 6, 2019, in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC)

Nunes has given many memorable moments to UFC, and she is one of the most decorated fighters of MMA. ‘The Lioness’ is expected to defend her featherweight championship title against Megan Anderson on March 6, 2021, at UFC 259. With her skills and power, she is definitely going to continue ruling the sport and making many new records.

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Abhilasha Singh

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Abhilasha Singh is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. Having completed her post-graduation from The University of Texas in Austin, she combines her keen eye for details and her love for the sport to give readers pristine content on everything UFC. Abhilasha is a hardcore fan of Amanda Nunes, Georges St Pierre, and Stipe Miocic, but Conor McGregor is the one who tops her list.

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