UFC 239: Amanda Nunes knocks out Holly Holm with vicious head kick

UFC 239: Amanda Nunes knocks out Holly Holm with vicious head kick

UFC 239: Amanda Nunes knocks out Holly Holm with vicious head kick

The Albuquerque, N.M. resident, considered by many the best male MMA fighter of all-time, took a beating from Brazil's Thiago Santos in the main event of UFC 239 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

"I told my coaches I wanted to knock her out the same way she knocks people out", Nunes said of her opponent, an accomplished kickboxer. She was the only former champion I hadn't beaten yet.

Nunes: "People say what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, but this belt is going home with me". "Boy, was he tough", he said.

UFC 239 also featured a top contenders bout between Jorge Masvidal and Ben Askren.

In subsequent fights, she beat Ronda Rousey in a bruising punch-up, edged Valentina Shevchenko in 2017, and destroyed Cris Cyborg in a single round, last year. Jones took over toward the end of the round as Santos' leg injury became more noticeable.

UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones defeated Thiago Santos via split decision in the main event Saturday at UFC 239 in Las Vegas.

"He was technically a lot more sound than I thought".

Jon "Bones" Jones is a rockstar in the octagon and tonight he will be put to the test with Thiago Santos, who with a clean shot can put you on the mat. "He's a black belt in muay Thai and I stood and fought with a guy who has been kickboxing way longer than me".

"So when I'm done with Stipe and Dana opens up the book and goes this is what you guys are getting paid, then you guys may get a third fight". However, the knockout artist used his punching power to keep Jones at bay and arguably landed the more significant strikes of the fight.

"I'm doing well where I'm at, I'm making weight really easily and I feel like when the UFC approaches me about a fight they feel will be a mega-fight and they come with the numbers that would make sense for me to do that, I'll totally do it".

He was also criticised for a lack of takedown attempts. Jones was asked why he, a terrific grappler with six submission wins to his resume, never bothered to take Santos down, even when the knockout artist was stumbling around the cage. "We were playing a very high level game of chess in there". Masvidal and Askren had an intense personal rivalry heading into the fight, exchanging voluminous trash talk rooted in years of mutual dislike.

Masvidal landed two punches to the unconscious Askren's head before the referee could stop the bout.

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