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Julianna Peña stops Nunes, claims belt in UFC 269 shocker

Julianna Pena, right, throws a right to Amanda Nunes during a women's bantamweight mixed...
Julianna Pena, right, throws a right to Amanda Nunes during a women's bantamweight mixed martial arts title bout at UFC 269, Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Chase Stevens)(Chase Stevens | AP)
Published: Dec. 12, 2021 at 11:48 AM PST
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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Julianna Peña stopped Amanda Nunes with a rear-naked choke in the second round at UFC 269 on Saturday night.

She claimed the bantamweight title from the long-reigning two-division champion in one of the biggest upsets in recent UFC history.

Charles Oliveira also defended his lightweight title for the first time with a third-round stoppage victory over Dustin Poirier by standing rear-naked choke in the main event.

Peña was a 10-1 underdog against the vaunted Nunes, who had won 12 consecutive fights since 2014. Peña got Nunes to the ground and forced the champion to tap out with 1:38 left.

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