NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 01: (L-R) Amanda Nunes and Germaine De Randamie face off during the UFC 245 … [+]
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The UFC is in Las Vegas for Saturday’s UFC 245 pay-per-view card. The five-fight main card, which streams on ESPN+, features a total of three title fights. In the headliner, welterweight champion Kamaru Usman puts his title on the line for the first time when he faces former-interim champion Colby Covington. Featherweight kingpin Max Holloway meets the 20-1 Alexander Volkanovski in the co-headliner. Before those two contests, two-division women’s champion Amanda Nunes faces off against ex-women’s featherweight champ Germaine de Randamie in a bantamweight matchup.
Nunes and De Randamie have met before. The two scrapped on the prelims of the “UFC: Fight for the Troops 3” fight card in November 2013. Nunes won that fight via first-round TKO.
Since then, Nunes has put together a 9-1 record. During that stretch she has claimed both the women’s bantamweight and featherweight titles. Some of her noteworthy victories during that run include knockout wins over former-champions Ronda Rousey and Holly Holm.
Nunes claimed the women’s bantamweight crown in 2016 with a submission victory over Miesha Tate. Nunes took possession of her second UFC title in December 2018 with a first-round knockout win over Cris Cyborg. Nunes has successfully defended the 135-pound belt four times with three of those victories coming by stoppage.
De Randamie is 5-0 since she fell to Nunes. She won the women’s featherweight crown in 2017 with a victory over Holm. However, De Randamie was stripped of that belt soon after that win when she refused to fight Cyborg. De Randamie, who is the No. 1 ranked fighter in the official UFC women’s bantamweight rankings, is coming off a 16-second TKO win over Aspen Ladd in July. Nunes is currently a -300 favorite over De Randamie, who is a +230 underdog.
UFC 245 takes place Saturday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The main card airs on ESPN+ streaming pay-per-view following prelims on ESPN2 and early prelims on UFC Fight Pass/ESPN+.
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