December 30, 2016; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Amanda Nunes celebrates with the championship belt after defeating Ronda Rousey by first round TKO during UFC 207 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports ORG XMIT: USATSI-353752 ORIG FILE ID: 20161231_mjr_su5_005.JPG

Amanda Nunes Face Plants Cris Cyborg in 51 Seconds to Become Two-Division UFC Champ

Amanda Nunes just did what no one has done as she knocked out Cris Cyborg and became the first ever two division champion in the history of the women’s divisions in the UFC

Amanda Nunes made history two times over on Saturday night at UFC 232.

The reigning women’s bantamweight champion needed just 51 seconds to become the first person to knockout Cris Cyborg. The win also makes her the first ever two division women’s champion in UFC history as she also takes home the featherweight title following her stunning victory.

While she walked into the fight as the underdog, Nunes showed absolutely no fear when the action started as she met Cyborg in the center of the cage and immediately started throwing punches with her.

The action was fast and furious with neither fighter backing down but it was Nunes who was landing with more accuracy including a perfectly timed right hand that dropped Cyborg down to the canvas.

Cyborg immediately returned to her feet but she was constantly under fire from Nunes, who was just coming after her with everything in her arsenal looking for the finish.

The end came after Nunes cracked Cyborg with a hard left hand and then followed with an overhand right that absolutely demolished a fighter who hadn’t tasted defeat since her professional debut more than a decade ago.

As Cyborg twisted around and landed face first on the canvas, the referee quickly jumped into stop the fight as Nunes celebrated her victory.

Nunes now joins Conor McGregor and Daniel Cormier as the only fighters in UFC history to hold two titles in two divisions simultaneously and obviously the first woman to accomplish that feat.

“Incredible,” Nunes said when describing her win. “When I signed the contract, I said this was going down. I told you. I am. I’m the greatest. Dana [White], now I have to be in the Hall of Fame.”

Heading into Saturday night it was said the winner was likely going to be called the greatest women’s fighter of all time and considering the result, it’s tough to argue against that label for Nunes.

Nunes is not only a two-division UFC champion but she also holds first round wins over Cyborg, Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate — three of the greatest women’s fighters to ever compete in mixed martial arts.

Considering the resume she’s put together — including the first round knockout against Cyborg — it’s awfully tough not to call Nunes the best there’s ever been.

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Damon Martin is a veteran mixed martial arts journalist who has been covering the industry since 2003 with bylines on FOX Sports, CNN, Bleacher Report and numerous other outlets.
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