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Amanda Nunes KOs Cyborg in 51 seconds, Jones wins at UFC 232

Amanda Nunes KOs Cyborg in 51 seconds, Jones wins at UFC 232

"Guy doesn't want to fight this year?" He was stripped of the title and it was given back to Cormier.

First, Jones mocked Cormier for relinquishing the title, telling UFC co-commentator Joe Rogan: "I know there's a guy who's been calling himself "champ champ".

Following the victory, Jones called out arch rival and now former light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier for a rematch, but Jones wants that rematch to take place at light heavyweight, rather than heavyweight where Cormier is currently the champion.

Not everybody was happy about the decision to move Saturday's UFC 232 card from Las Vegas to Los Angeles on short-notice so that headliner Jon Jones would be able to fight. Jones transitioned into a crucifix, which Gustafsson tried to roll out of.

But in Jones' first bout since completing his second drug-related suspension, the star picked apart Gustafsson with kicks in the first two rounds.

The American took the fight to the ground early in the third, flattening out a tired Gustafsson and working methodically to turn him over before unleashing a series of strikes to the Swede's unprotected head to end the fight.

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. It was never about the opponent, nothing personal.

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"I texted direct to Dana White that I wanted this fight and to make this happen for me, please", Nunes said.

The UFC made the extraordinary decision to move its show 280 miles to California to keep Jones on the card. Although White eventually brought Cyborg into the UFC, the relationship between the two has been contentious perhaps due to her reluctance to drop down to bantamweight.

Fight of the Night bonuses went to Chad Mendes and Alexander Volkanovski for their back and forth featherweight battle that resulted in a knockout win for the Australian Volkanovski.

Volkanoski (left) won a win streak.

Nunes (17-4), who remains in the midst of her physical prime at age 30, seemed to finally capture the hearts of MMA fans by how violently she demolished Justino (20-2, 1 NC), the reigning "baddest woman on the planet".

Nunes said: "My coach said, 'When she gets desperate, throw the overhand".

Cyborg's UFC contract expires in March and the defeat to Nunes may be the last time the Brazilian competes inside the octagon.


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