It took Amanda Nunes less than a minute to let everyone know that she is the 2016 female fighter of the year.
Nunes stunned Ronda Rousey in front of a pro-Rousey T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas Friday night, finishing the former champion in just 48 seconds with a barrage of strikes.
The Brazilian, who entered as the underdog despite her July win over Miesha Tate for the belt, closed out the year with a perfect record.
“This is amazing,” Nunes said. “Before I walked, we talked. This moment was my moment. (Rousey) had her time.”
Cody Garbrandt finally ended the run of dominance by Dominick Cruz over Team Alpha Male fighters, winning the UFC bantamweight belt in the co-main event.
Garbrandt, unbeaten in his career, picked his spots and had no trouble attacking “The Dominator” whenever he wanted. The Ohio native busted him open early and dropped him several times, including three knockdowns in the fourth round.
The loss for Cruz was the first since a 2007 submission defeat at the hands of Urijah Faber. He was stripped of the UFC title due to injuries, winning it back earlier this year.
Former UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw put on a near-perfect performance vs. top contender John Lineker, sweeping the scorecards in his favor, 30-26. Dillashaw, who lost the belt to Cruz via split decision in January, called for his shot at the title next.
Ray Borg and Dong Hyun Kim claimed decisions to begin the main card. Borg controlled Louis Smolka in a flyweight affair, while Kim overcame former Strikeforce champion Tarec Saffiedine at welterweight.
The main card lost heavyweights Fabricio Werdum and Cain Velasquez when the Nevada Athletic Commission deemed Velasquez unfit to fight. Werdum and the UFC were unable to come to an agreement to keep him on the card.
Neil Magny capped off the FOX Sports 1 prelims with a decision victory over former UFC welterweight champion Johny Hendricks. Hendricks missed weight and has already stated he will move to middleweight next. The win was the fourth in the last five fights for Magny.
Antonio Carlos Junior earned himself a decision over Marvin Vettori. The 26-year-old has now won two straight and is 4-2 with a no-contest in the UFC.
Niko Price kicked off the televised prelims with a first round submission of Brandon Thatch, while Alex Garcia followed with one of the biggest knockouts of the year vs. Mike Pyle.
Minutes into the welterweight contest, Garcia landed a right-hand that floored Pyle, bringing the fight to a close. The win was the fourth for Garcia inside the Octagon.
The night started off with an interesting decision, as Tim Means vs. Alex Oliveira ended in a no-contest. Means was cited for delivering illegal knees to a grounded opponent, ending the contest in the first round.
Oliveira was forced from the Octagon on a stretcher.
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