Nunes stuns Tate to take bantamweight belt at UFC 200

Sun Jul 10, 2016 1:56am EDT
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By Philip O'Connor

(Reuters) - Brazil's Amanda Nunes stunned the mixed martial arts world with a first-round submission win over Miesha Tate to claim the women's bantamweight title at the UFC 200 event in Las Vegas.

Despite its brevity, the fight at the sold-out T-Mobile Arena easily lived up to its billing as the main event.

Tate was rocked early by punches from strike specialist Nunes, who switched her attention to submission attempts when the fight went to the mat and quickly finished Tate with a rear naked choke after 3:16 of the first round.

It was the same submission Tate used to claim the title from Holly Holm in March, and the belt has now changed hands three times in nine months since Holm beat Ronda Rousey.

"Oh my God, 10 years of my life working for this moment! I feel amazing!" an elated Nunes said after being presented with the belt.

In the other title fight on the card, Nunes' fellow Brazilian Jose Aldo took a step closer to reclaiming the featherweight title he lost to Conor McGregor at UFC 192 by beating Frankie Edgar in an unanimous decision.

Having been stopped by McGregor in just 13 seconds last December, the fleet-footed Aldo put on a clinical display of counter-punching to outpoint the aggressive but ineffective Edgar to claim the interim title.

The defeat put an end to Edgar's five-fight win streak that stretches back to his previous defeat to Aldo in February 2013, which also was a unanimous decision.   Continued...

Jul 9, 2016; Las Vegas, NV, USA;  Amanda Nunes (blue gloves) reacts after defeating Miesha Tate (red gloves) during UFC 200 at T-Mobile Arena. Nunez won by rear naked choke. Mandatory Credit: Joshua Dahl-USA TODAY Sports