|By Benjamin Bieker
Amanda Nunes made a big splash in her debut for the UFC. A lot of people before the fight thought her match with Sheila Gaff would be relatively even since both possess great standup. The problem was that Nunes holds a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Judo, and it seems like her opponent had forgotten that. She used those skills to her benefit hitting judo throws and multiple takedowns. While she could not lock up a submission, she ended the fight with ground and pound against the over matched Gaff.
The weekend before, two female fights were on the UFC on Fox 8 card. Germaine de Randamie was taken on the experienced Julie Kedzie, and many people thought the relative newcomer in Randamie would be outmatched. At the height of 5’11” a lot of people are going to have trouble taking her down, and that was the downfall of Kedzie in this fight. She could not get the former professional kick boxer down, and Randamie used her reach advantage and punches to shit Kedzie down. While she only has six fights in her professional career it will be interesting to see how she can grow in the Octagon.
The bigger fight on that card was the former number one contender in Liz Carmouche having her first fight since the title fight against Jessica Andrade. She had a lot to prove in this fight, because despite doing well in the Ronda Rousey fight she still lost. Well, she took that idea and ran with it, because even though the first round was close she absolutely dominated the second round. That lead to a stoppage, and if Carmouche is healthy she may have a quick turn around, because a top tier fighter is in need of an opponent.
Sara McMann had to drop out of her fight with Sarah Kaufman due to an undisclosed injury. That leaves Kaufman in need of a new opponent for her August 28th fight. Kaufman sits at 16-2 in her career with her only losses coming to high level fighters in Marloes Coenen and Ronda Rousey. While she has a previous win over Liz Carmouche a lot has changed from that fight. Carmouche is one of the biggest female fighters in the world based on her title fight with Rousey, and for Kaufman to beat her would do a lot to her star power. Plus, both are looking for a rematch with Rousey, if she keeps the title, and a win for either in this fight would do well for their cause. It could also make a potential number one contenders bout since Zingano could be out for too long or need a warm up fight before a title shot.