Nunes stops Holm with head kick in first round at UFC 239

Amanda Nunes lands a kick on Holly Holm that knocked her to the mat in the first round of their bantamweight title mixed martial arts bout at UFC 239. (Steve Marcus/Las Vegas Sun via AP)

Amanda Nunes has defended her bantamweight title with a spectacular head kick leading to a stoppage of Holly Holm in the first round at UFC 239.

Nunes remained the pound-for-pound ruler of her sport in her usual devastating style. She floored Holm with a perfectly timed kick to the head, and she mercilessly finished Holm on the ground with 50 seconds left in the first round.

Holm is a veteran boxer and kickboxer who upset Ronda Rousey to win the bantamweight belt, but Nunes is on another level than every 135-pounder before her.

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