Megan Anderson was overmatched from the outset against Amanda Nunes in the UFC 259 co-headliner.
The Aussie was rocked by a pair of hard overhand rights early and never recovered. After failing on a takedown attempt, Anderson absorbed a barrage of punches and hammerfists before Nunes transitioned to a reverse triangle armbar to elicit a tapout 2:03 into Round 1.
Anderson landed just two significant strikes in the featherweight championship bout before meeting her demise. The former Invicta FC title holder released a brief statement on Twitter following her defeat.
“This game has the highest of highs and the lowest of lows,” Anderson wrote on Twitter. “This was the one we wanted to win but it's the fight game. We’ll be back.”
This game has the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. This was the one we wanted to win but it's the fight game.— Megan Anderson (@MeganA_mma) March 7, 2021
We'll be back
Anderson completed her UFC contract on Saturday, and it’s unclear what’s next for the Glory MMA & Fitness representative. A four-bout knockout streak in Invicta established Anderson as a formidable 145-pound talent, but she experienced just mixed results in the Las Vegas-based promotion, compiling a 3-3 mark that included losses to Nunes, Felicia Spencer and Holly Holm.