Precise as ever in returning from his most recent layoff, Jones registered a third-round knockout of Alexander Gustafsson in the main event of UFC 232 on Saturday night to reclaim the light heavyweight title. Nunes eventually knocked down Justino twice, and she the fight spectacularly with an overhand right to the ear, putting Justino face-down on the canvas. "My coach told me that when I hit her the first time, it would make her insane and want to come get me".
"This is the moment that I waited for to make history and be happy with myself and be happy with what I am capable of", Nunes said during the post-fight press conference.
"Yeah, for sure", Nunes said when asked if she thought the fight would play out the way it did.
Nunes (17-4), who remains in the midst of her physical prime at age 30, seemed to finally capture the hearts of MMA fans by how violently she demolished Justino (20-2, 1 NC), the reigning "baddest woman on the planet". "But sometimes you never know".
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.
The opening two frames were contested on the feet, with Jones outlanding "Gus" by a significant margin in the rematch of one of the greatest title fights in mixed martial arts history. "When you're ready to fight, you come back and talk to me and we'll figure something out".
"Honestly, I think what I went through in this camp was a lot", she said.
Then Jones issued a challenge to current UFC heavyweight champion Cormier to move back down to the light-heavyweight division for a third matchup between the pair at 205lbs. I'm here. Get your belt back, ' he told Rogan afterwards.
The Brazilian has said she has one fight remaining on her UFC contract, and she has discussed the possibility of transitioning into boxing.