Top-ranked UFC women’s bantamweight Amanda Nunes somewhat surprisingly picked up her biggest-ever UFC win when she submitted former title challenger Sara McMann (highlights here) on the main card of last night’s (Sat., August 8, 2015) UFC Fight Night 73 from Nashville, Tennessee.

It was a dominant performance against the Olympic silver medalist wrestler, who, merely days before her fight with “The Lioness,” was talking about how she planned to work her way back to another title shot at Ronda Rousey and avenge her quick 66-second loss at 2014’s UFC 170.

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But after Nunes was able to use some pinpoint power striking to badly rock McMann with a vicious straight right-uppercut-overhand combo that send the previously No. 4-ranked competitor crashing to the mat, it was the Brazilian ATT product that was obviously a lot closer to a shot at “Rowdy” in the contended-starved division.

Rousey is obviously running dangerously short on true contenders. She’s headed for a third clash with Miesha Tate, and her proposed superfight with Cris “Cyborg” Justino will always be endlessly talked about. Yet it doesn’t seem to be all that close to actually happening, and when Rousey gets past Tate as most are overwhelmingly picking her to do again, she’ll have basically cleaned out the division.

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Except for Nunes.

“The Lioness” experienced a setback against Cat Zingano at UFC 178 in a fight she nearly finished before “Alpha” rebounded to stop her with strikes. Otherwise, she’s finished off her other four UFC opponents in destructive fashion, and she appears to be peaking.

Nunes said that she’s ready for a title shot against Rousey. Do you agree, or does she still have to win one or two more fights before she gets her date with Rousey?

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