The UFC returned to Las Vegas on the weekend and those that tuned in saw plenty of quality action including history being made.
Here are 5 lessons learned from UFC 250.
1. Amanda Nunes Is Still The G.O.A.T.
If it wasn’t obvious before the fight, it was even harder to argue that statement afterwards.
Amanda Nunes became the first person to defend two UFC belts simultaneously after she ran through Canadian challenger Felicia Spencer at UFC 250.
She simply overwhelmed her opponent, beating her in every facet of Mixed Martial Arts to defend the Featherweight title for the first time.
Her resume is incomparable in Women’s MMA and the question now is where to from here?
The obvious choice at featherweight is Australian Challenger Megan Anderson.
2. The Bantamweight Division Is Stacked
We saw the old and the new of the Bantamweight Division lay their claims at UFC 250.
First, the undefeated Sean O’Malley recorded his eighth first-round finish in just 12 fights when he knocked out Eddie Wineland.
Then Aljamain Sterling dominated Cory Sandhagen and finished the fight inside the first round with a rear naked choke.
Then it was former Bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt’s turn when he showed us just how brutal he can be with his hands when he launched a huge over hand right and knocked out Raphael Assuncao.
With Petr Yan booked in to fight Jose Aldo in the coming months and other ranked Bantamweights including Marlon Moraes, Pedro Munhoz, Dominick Cruz and Cody Stamann, we are in for some fun in this division for quite a while.
Check out the two brutal KO’s from UFC 250 below.
3. There Is No Quit In Felicia Spencer
She is as nice a person as you are going to come across but there is no quit in Felicia Spencer.
She has now taken on the two most brutal women in MMA History in Cris Cyborg and Amanda Nunes and gone the distance on both occasions.
There was no part of the fight that she was winning against The Lioness but she kept coming forward and trying to put the pressure on the champ.
The end of the fourth round was brutal when Spencer copped many elbows to the face from the bottom and there was a chance the fight would be stopped before the commencement of the last round.
She came out smiling.
It doesn’t look like Nunes will be going anywhere, anytime soon, but I’m certain Spencer will continue to be successful for years to come.
4. Calf Kicks Are Real, People
Leg kicks have always been a part of Mixed Martial Arts and kickboxing but fighters are now focused on lower leg kicks as a main attacking strategy.
Justin Gaethje is a brutal leg kicker and he has come out and said that he will be going after the legs of Khabib Nurmagomedov when he attempts to unify his Lightweight title in the coming months.
Alex Perez showed just how effective these lower leg/calf kicks can be when he won his second straight fight via leg kick TKO on the prelims at UFC 250
5. Conor McGregor Is Not Retiring
Conor McGregor put out a tweet directly following UFC 250 announcing his retirement from the sport.
This is the third time in four years that McGregor has pulled this stunt and I don’t think anyone is truly taking him seriously.
It is important to note that it was around 5am in the morning in Dublin at the end of the card.
Make of that what you will.
Former UFC fighter Ben Askren summed it up perfectly in this tweet.