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Amanda Nunes Defeats Germaine De Randamie by Unanimous Decision at UFC 245

Alex Ballentine@Ballentine_AlexFeatured ColumnistDecember 15, 2019

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - DECEMBER 14:  (R-L) Amanda Nunes of Brazil strikes Germaine de Randamie of Netherlands in their UFC women's bantamweight championship bout during the UFC 245 event at T-Mobile Arena on December 14, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)
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Amanda Nunes added another successful title defense to her illustrious career with a unanimous-decision win over Germaine de Randamie on the main card of UFC 245 in Las Vegas on Saturday.

It wasn't the most dominant performance of Nunes' career. While the Brazilian is known for her impressive knockout power, it was her grappling prowess that secured the win against her Dutch challenger. 

 Nunes wasted no time in taking control of the fight in the first round. She landed an overhand right early on, landed a double-leg takedown and attempted a guillotine all within the first two minutes of the first round. 

Nunes spent the back half of the first round looking to end the fight with GDR floundering on the mat. De Randamie had little to offer in the way of offense, but instead had to do whatever she could to prolong the fight. 

E. Spencer Kyte @spencerkyte

While being on the business end of a 10-8 round, GDR becomes the first former titleholder to escape the first round against Nunes. That is absolutely crazy. #UFC245

The Iron Lady opened the second round with a renewed sense of aggression. She was the aggressor in the striking game and found Nunes chin more than once before she landed another takedown. 

Unlike the first round The Lioness wasn't interested in doing much damage once in top position. After some time with very little offense the two were stood up and de Randamie once again did some damage in the stand up and in the clinch. 

UFC Canada @UFC_CA

GDR firing back in R2! #UFC245 https://t.co/z4Nb9mNmEI

The third round was a return to the story of the first for the champion. Nunes was once again able to drag her opponent to the ground and de Randamie had no answers for the champ's smothering top game. 

The championship rounds unfolded much in the same way as Nunes advantage as a grappler was clearly the deciding factor. The only true moment of drama came when GDR launched into a surprise submission attempt from the bottom that nearly ended the bout before the champion slithered out of the hold. 

UFC @ufc

THIS close! 😳 GDR almost catching the champ in a submission here in R4! #UFC245 https://t.co/JMROb7ZSKg

The 31-year-old undoubtedly already has the best resume in the history of women's MMA. Her win over de Randamie is her eighth victory over a former UFC champion. She has defeated both Valentina Shevchenko and GDR twice to account for four of those wins.

It's the Brazilian's 10th consecutive win stretching back to 2014, when she lost to Cat Zingano.

De Randamie was beaten by Nunes early in both fighters' careers, back in 2013. Six years later, not much has changed between them, save for Nunes developing into the champion of both the women's featherweight and bantamweight divisions.

The Lioness is one of just four UFC fighters to simultaneously hold two belts. None have successfully defended both of them, but that's exactly what Nunes has her eyes set on as her next goal.

"I want to keep doing things nobody has seen before," Nunes told ESPN's Ariel Helwani. "I want to be the first one to defend the two belts."

Nunes won the featherweight title with the most jaw-dropping performance of her career, silencing the revered Cris Cyborg in just 51 seconds via knockout.

With Cyborg off to Bellator, there won't be a rematch for that belt, but we should at least see Nunes take on a new challenge. The women's featherweight division barely exists. There are so few fighters signed in the class that the organization doesn't even have rankings.

Given the dearth of intriguing contenders for Nunes, it doesn't seem to matter who is put in front of her; she's the baddest woman on the planet until further notice.