It wasn’t a very competitive title defense at UFC 289. After going five rounds against challenger Irene Aldana, women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes did it again and picked up a rather one-sided unanimous decision win in Vancouver, Canada. When it was all said and done, the ‘Lioness’ also took the opportunity to retire from the sport in the Octagon.
Twitter reacts to Amanda Nunes’ win and retirement at UFC 289
Though he contest was not very competitive, professional fighters still enjoyed the match, mostly for Amanda Nunes’ dominance. Furthermore, once the Brazilian retired from the sport, the MMA community paid homage to the double champion’s legendary career on Twitter.
UFC 289 results
Amanda Nunes def. Irene Aldana by unanimous decision (50-44 x2, 50-43): (W) Bantamweight Title
Charles Oliveira def. Beneil Dariush by TKO at 4:10 of round 1: Lightweight
Mike Malott def. Adam Fugitt by submission (guillotine) at 1:06 of round 2: Welterweight
Dan Ige def. Nate Landwehr by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28 x2): Featherweight
Marc-André Barriault def. Eryk Anders by unanimous decision (30-27 x3): Middleweight
Nassourdine Imavov vs. Chris Curtis is ruled a no contest (clash of heads) at 3:04 of round 2: Middleweight
Jasmine Jasudavicius def. Miranda Maverick by unanimous decision (29-28 x3): (W) Flyweight
Aiemann Zahabi def. Aoriqileng by KO at 1:04 of round 1: Bantamweight
Kyle Nelson def. Blake Bilder by unanimous decision (30-27 x2, 29-28): Featherweight
Steve Erceg def. David Dvořák by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28 x2): Flyweight
Diana Belbiţă def. Maria Oliveira by unanimous decision (30-27 x2, 29-28): Strawweight
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