A few months after Ronda Rousey fought in the first female fight in UFC history, Amanda Nunes made her mark with the promotion. “The Lioness”, who was 25 in 2013, had a 7-3 record heading into UFC 163. Fighting for Prime, Strikeforce and Invicta, Nunes (19-4) got her shot in the UFC and never looked back.
Check out Nunes’ UFC debut against Sheila Gaff (10-7), an accomplished fighter who was 8-6 prior to this fight. The fight was in Nunes’ home country of Brazil.
Right away, Nunes went for the takedown. When it looked like she was in trouble she utilized good wrist control. Nunes’ ground game wasn’t as established as it is now, but it was still deadly. As the first round continued, Nunes used the ground and pound, hitting Gaff with vicious elbows and strikes. The referee saw how much damage she was inflicting and called it off.
Since then, Nunes has beaten a who’s who of fighters to become one of the top talents in MMA today. She is currently the UFC’s Bantamweight and Featherweight Champion, and is set to face Felecia Spencer for the Featherweight Title at UFC 250 on May 9, also in Brazil.