"I was like, "Please, not like this" Jones explained during the UFC 239 post-fight press conference at T-Mobile Arena (via MMAJunkie). I told my coaches I wanted to knock her out the same way she knocks people out. She has now beaten every woman from 135 pounds to 145 pounds who has held a UFC championship, and has defeated the current 125-pound champ twice.
"There's a lot of big fights that people want to see me have in the light heavyweight division so there's really no need for me to go to heavyweight".
"This woman is tough, man", White said of Nunes.
Santos was on the front foot in the final round, but his knee was giving him more issues as the round progressed and he failed to land a final telling blow of note on the Champion.
Holm was the one remaining former featherweight and bantamweight champion Nunes had yet to beat, but the American proved little match for a woman now tipped to move back up to featherweight to defend her 145lb title.
Brazilian Nunes finished veteran USA fighter Holm in the first round of their bout at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas at UFC 239 on Saturday night, sealing the win with a head kick that Holm herself has made her trademark.
While many onlookers thought the fight was very close, UFC President Dana White did not share the same sentiment. Throughout the main card portion of the event, in the video player above, I'll do my best to keep you informed on the moment-to-moment action that you might otherwise miss.
"We all knew Thiago's best chance was to knock me out", Jones said.
"So this is the thing about a fight with Jones and I. It can always happen", Cormier said.
He was also criticised for a lack of takedown attempts. "He's a black belt in muay Thai and I stood and fought with a guy who has been kickboxing way longer than me".
Masvidal delivered the fastest knockout in UFC history in jaw-dropping fashion.
Chiesa (16-4) dominated on the ground and with strikes to improve to 2-0 as a welterweight.
The Polish veteran (23-9) staggered Rockhold with a kick at the first-round bell, and he ended it with a hook that left Rockhold glassy-eyed while he fell to the canvas.