Amanda Nunes became the first woman to win UFC titles in two divisions when she knocked out Cris Cyborg at UFC 232. Nunes entered the octagon that night as the women’s bantamweight champion. When she walked out of the cage, she had that title as well as the women’s featherweight strap, compliments of her 51-second thrashing of Cyborg.
When asked if she thought she was the greatest fighter ever – man or woman – Nunes didn’t hesitate in claiming that mantle.
“Yeah, definitely,” Nunes told TMZ. “I just beat the most dominant woman on the planet. I just beat the girl, all these female fighters are scared, I just beat that girl everybody thought nobody was ever going to beat again. Ever. She only loses one time in her life and one time after that she never loses for 13 years. I think it was 13 years. I take that fight and it’s only 51 seconds. That is amazing. I’m supposed to be considered everything. The best fighter, the best whatever. I’m supposed to be the No. 1.”
Cyborg lost her MMA debut in 2005 by first-round submission. After that, she went on a 20-0-0-1 run with 17 knockout wins. The loss to Nunes at UFC 232, which took place at The Forum in Inglewood, California, ended that lengthy unbeaten streak.
Even though she lost to Nunes, Cyborg thinks naming Nunes as the greatest of all time is a bit hasty.
“Amanda won today, but she has four losses and you know, I have two losses,” Cyborg said at the UFC 232 post-fight press conference. “How can she be the greatest?”
While Nunes does have wins over notable names such as Cyborg, Ronda Rousey, Miesha Tate and Valentina Shevchenko, her seven-fight winning streak is not nearly as lengthy as Cyborg’s. As Cyborg pointed out, Nunes does have four losses on her record, including a 2014 TKO loss to Cat Zingano in the UFC and a 2011 TKO defeat to Alexis Davis under the Strikeforce banner.
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