Brazilian Amanda Nunes retained her featherweight crown by defeating Canadian Felicia Spencer by unanimous decision on the second UFC mixed martial arts card in Las Vegas, Nevada in times of coronavirus.
Nunes (20-4) took the cards of the three judges on Spencer (8-2) for 50-45, 50-44 and 50-44 in a televised evening without an audience for the COVID-19 pandemic.
Nunes became the first woman to defend titles in two different divisions.
Nunes, who established dominating conditions from the start of the fight by constantly punishing Spencer, extended his streak to 11 consecutive wins.
With her victory, Nunes secured a purse of $ 350,000 and another 100,000 in bonus, while the Canadian would win 125,000 plus a bonus of $ 75,000.
In bantamweight, local Cody Garbrandt (12-3) defeated Raphael Assuncao (27-8) by knockout in the second round.
Garbrandt scored his first win in more than two years thanks to a spectacular second-round knockout, a powerful forehand shot to Assuncao’s chin.
Garbrandt will receive $ 130,000 for the fight, while Brazilian Assuncao secured $ 79,000.
In the first preliminaries, the Brazilian Herbert Burns (11-2) submitted in the same first assault by strangulation the American Evan Dunham (18-9).
Then, in the heavyweights, the American Devin Clark (12-4) took the unbeaten one to his compatriot Alonzo Menifield (9-1) by decision divided in three rounds.
The UFC has been the cutting-edge combat sport in the era of the coronavirus, having four events in the month of May and six overall with the last two in Las Vegas, after a two-month hiatus due to the pandemic. AFP (HN)