Amanda Nunes constructed a merciless 48-second beatdown on returning former champion Ronda Rousey to spectacularly make the first defence of her women's bantamweight crown.
A blistering display saw Nunes land a stinging jab right off the bat, and followed it up with winging right hands, soon wobbling the slight favourite, sending her backed up against the cage where she was the recipient of further punishment. Futile attempts to clinch were brushed off at ease, and a few strikes later, the fight was stopped - with Rousey's clinging on to the cage fence the only thing keeping her upright.
Capping off a rather wild calendar year were two rather wild title fights - in different fashions. In the co-main event, Dominick Cruz was beaten at his own game, with the young prospect out of Team thatAlpha Male seizing the bantamweight belt with a stonewall unanimous decision. Had it not been for the showboating of "No Love", the fight could have been stopped in the championship rounds, when thunderous shots floored Cruz. The other was n addition to the backlog of shocks that had aroused over 2016.
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On a night where the other version of the 135 lbs belt changed hands to Cody Garbrandt through a masterclass five-round upstaging of divisional great Dominick Cruz, the Brazilian tore through the popular returning star with a savage display of striking - landing 27 significant strikes in total over the sub-minute bout.
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