Right from the opening bell, Amanda Nunes dictated the pace, forcing Cyborg into a relentless defensive position, which culminated in her landing a stiff overhand right - putting an end to the fight with 51 seconds on the clock. Despite a dominant eight-fight win streak and victories over current or former UFC champions Ronda Rousey, Miesha Tate, Valentina Shevchenko (twice) and Germane de Randamie, it took until Nunes cemented herself as the greatest fighter in women's MMA history for her to truly get the shine she deserves.
"In the first fight, I stayed in his punching range", said Jones, who worked heavily on his boxing during his most recent suspension.
Originally, Cyborg didn't have any interest in fighting a fellow Brazilain in Nunes, but "THe Lioness" was publicly persistence in her intentions on stepping into the cage with Cyborg.
"I know there is a guy who has been calling himself Champ Champ", Jones said.
Both American Jones, 31, and Swede Gustafsson, 31, returned to action at UFC 232 in Los Angeles after lengthy lay-offs, but the former world champion looked sharper as he outstruck Gustafsson in the first two rounds.
Watch: Amanda Nunes Knocks Out Cris Cyborg in 51 Seconds to Become Two-Weight Champion
Cyborg had been the heavy favourite going into the fight but took her defeat graciously. "I'm thinking, 'I'm going to be fast, I'm going to move my head, and I know I'm going to get a knockout"'. This is the greatest match in the history of female UFC. "When you're ready to fight, you come back and talk to me and we'll figure something out".
In his post-fight interview, Jones targeted a third meeting with Daniel Cormier.
"Prove to the fans that you're the champ-champ".
Gustafssson derided Jones as a cheater and said he'd beat him anyway, but Jones expertly controlled the distance and Gustafsson had little success with his strikes.
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