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Fighters React To Nunes Beating Peña In UFC 277 Rematch

Amanda Nunes is a UFC two-weight champion once again as she dismantled Julianna Peña in a five-round war at UFC 277.

Nunes looked like a rejuvenated former champion in the opening round against Peña, landing leg kicks and showing patience with her approach. However, Peña was able to catch Nunes in the pocket throughout the fight, but Nunes got the best of the exchanges.

The biggest difference between Nunes’ approach at UFC 269 versus UFC 277 was her change in stances. She gave Peña fits with the lead right hook out of southpaw before quickly changing angles and confusing her opponent.

In Round 2, Nunes knocked down Peña three times over the course of five minutes. The fight looked close to being over but Peña powered through to the championship rounds.

As the fight went on, Peña got close to sinking in an armbar submission on multiple occasions. Nevertheless, Nunes was able to survive and control top-mount with her ground-and-pound.

After five rounds of action, Nunes defeated Peña via a unanimous decision to reclaim the bantamweight throne.

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Here’s what UFC fighters, including Nunes’ former foe Valentina Shevchenko, had to say about her victory at UFC 277.

Nunes rebounded after a loss to Peña at UFC 269 via second-round submission. It’s considered by many to be one of the greatest upsets in the history of the UFC.

A trilogy between Nunes and Peña could potentially happen down the line, but Nunes says she’ll take some time off to see her family in Brazil. She mentioned during her post-fight interview that she hasn’t seen her family in three years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As the consensus greatest female fighter in UFC history, Amanda Nunes continues to etch her name in the record books and will return at a later date.

What is your reaction to Amanda Nunes’ win over Julianna Peña in their UFC 277 rematch?

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