Opening the UFC 178: Johnson vs Cariaso pay-per-view card is a women’s bantamweight battle between Cat Zingano and Amanda Nunes.
Both ladies walked out looking intense and ready to roll. They met in the center where Nunes landed a takedown almost immediately, but Zingano threatened with an early armbar. Nunes broke free from it and stayed in control from above. Zingano again tried the armbar, only this time Nunes made her pay with some heavy ground strikes. More punches followed and it was looking like Zingano was nearly done, however Cat managed to get to her feet and land a sick throw to wind up on top of Nunes. Lookin’ kinda like Ronda Rousey out there!
Zingano took over from the second round on and kept control of Nunes for the remainder of the match, landing solid ground and pound while Nunes struggled to fight her off. It was during the third round when Zingano advanced to mount and landed some heavy punches and elbows until the referee was forced to stop the fight.
We’re not used to seeing such high paced, technical fighting coming from the female athletes, but damn, this was an awesome fight.
Final Result: Cat Zingano def. Amanda Nunes by TKO (punches) at 1:21 of Round 3