MMA Fight: Amanda Nunes loses to underdog Julianna Pena in a shocking upset

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MMA Fight: Julianna Pena won the UFC bantamweight title via second-round submission over Amanda Nunes at UFC 269 on Saturday, in one of the biggest upsets in MMA history.

In the opening round, Pena appeared to be in trouble against one of the sport’s most powerful champions, but the 32-year-old stormed back in round two, rocking Nunes with combinations.

Nunes’ five-year reign as champion came to an end when she tapped out in the second round at 3:23 when Pena locked in a rear-naked choke, handing the Brazilian her first loss since September 2014.

“It feels insane,” Pea remarked in a cage interview after the battle. “I had every expectation of winning, but the world is my oyster.”

“I told you not to mistrust me again,” she said. Willpower, strength, and drive will get you where you want to go. You literally have the potential to achieve anything you desire in life, as I just demonstrated tonight.”

“I’m a mixture of all kinds of warrior blood,” Pena, who is of Venezuelan descent, continued. “I know that my Venezuelan family is incredibly proud and happy for me.”

“Venezuela’s government is going through a difficult period, and if I can give any of them hope, encouragement, or inspiration to stay strong, that’s what I’d like to do, and if I can be that representation for them, that’s an honour that I wear proudly and humbly.”

Charles Oliveira regained his lightweight championship in the main event, submitting Dustin Poirier with a standing choke early in the third round of a spectacular fight.

Poirier, the interim champion who beat Conor McGregor twice earlier this year to earn a championship opportunity, unleashed several hard left punches and knocked out Oliveira in the first round.

However, early in the second round, Oliveira had Poirier on his back in the middle of the cage, unleashing powerful elbows before jumping on Poirier’s back and completing the choke.

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