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Virginia Santiago
December 31, 2018

In the process, by handing the legendary pioneer her first defeat since her pro debut in 2005, Nunes may have provided UFC with its next big star worth investing in.

"The Baddest Woman on the Planet" was a moniker most people associated with Rousey for her dominance in the early days of women competing in the UFC. This moment is huge in my life, you know?

Nunes on her next fight: "I have to sit down with my coach and see the next step". She's such an incredible human being and I know depression is something that's going on in the world right now.

Jones vs. Gustafsson
Jones vs. Gustafsson

It had been 13 years since Cris Cyborg lost a professional mixed martial arts bout and when the UFC created a women's featherweight division specifically for her, it was hard to find her a legitimate challenger.

Yet the long road to finally getting what she deserved was consistent with Nunes' evolution as a fighter, rebounding from a 2014 TKO defeat against Cat Zingano, in which her lack of cardio was exposed, to become the well-rounded and risky fighter she is today.

Even though Cyborg has dominated MMA for almost 13 years, Nunes entered UFC 232 as a slight underdog. Nunes said. "I'm the new 'champ-champ.' I said that before, and now I'm just achieving this dream". No champion is guaranteed an immediate rematch after losing the title, but if any fighter is deserving of an instant rematch, it's Cyborg. Going into Saturday, Justino had won 20 consecutive fights, 17 of them by knockout. She has always been recognized as the most dominant female in women's MMA history.

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"She said she was inspired to write that song when I broke my toe, but the amusing thing is that I'm inspired by that song to fight".

"To be honest, I wasn't fighting for me tonight", began an emotional Hall. "This [loss] put more fire in my heart to fight". Jones mostly kicked at Gustafsson in the first two rounds, piling up points and setting things up later, but it was in the third where the G.O.A.T. reappeared. Nunes has effectively cleaned out the bantamweight division and is need of opponents. Could Cyborg successfully make adjustments?

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Gustafssson derided Jones as a cheater and said he'd beat him anyway, but Jones expertly controlled the distance and Gustafsson had little success with his strikes.

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