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Amanda Nunes defeats Spokane fighter Julianna Peña by unanimous decision in title fight rematch

July 30, 2022 Updated Sat., July 30, 2022 at 10:03 p.m.

Amanda Nunes (R) of Brazil punches Julianna Pena in their bantamweight title bout during UFC 277 at American Airlines Center on July 30, 2022 in Dallas, Texas.  (Getty Images)
Amanda Nunes (R) of Brazil punches Julianna Pena in their bantamweight title bout during UFC 277 at American Airlines Center on July 30, 2022 in Dallas, Texas. (Getty Images)
From staff reports

Bring on a third fight.

Amanda Nunes regained the UFC women’s bantamweight championship Saturday night, defeating Spokane’s Julianna Peña via unanimous decision in Dallas, Texas.

The judges scored the bout 50-45, 50-44, 50-43 for Nunes.

Peña (12-5) defeated Nunes last December to earn her first UFC championship.

Nunes (22-5) was much more technical in the rematch, using counterpunches to neutralize Peña’s attack early in the fight and a multitude of takedowns in the later rounds.

A bloodied Peña threatened with submissions from her back in the fourth and fifth rounds, but Nunes ultimately controlled the bout and take back the championship.

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