Megan Anderson made her case to potentially be the next challenger to Amanda Nunes’ UFC women’s featherweight title by knocking out Norma Dumont Viana at UFC Norfolk
With two women’s featherweight bouts on the main card of UFC Norfolk, the next challenger to the UFC women’s featherweight championship, currently held by Amanda Nunes, could be made tonight. Megan Anderson has now made her case.
Anderson took on Norma Dumont Viana and scored a first-round finish, handing the Brazilian — who was competing in just her fifth professional MMA contest and making her first UFC appearance — her first pro loss.
After a clinching stalemate up against the cage for most of the opening round, it took Anderson just one right hand to floor Viana.
Anderson went 4-2 before racking up a four-fight win streak in Invicta, going on to defeat Charmaine Tweet at Invicta FC 21 in January 2017 to win the interim featherweight title before being promoted to full champion. She was scheduled to face Cris “Cyborg” Justino at UFC 214 for the then-vacant UFC women’s 145-pound title but was forced off the card with an injury.
Anderson’s UFC career got off to a rough start, losing to Holly Holm at UFC 225 and defeating Cat Zingano at UFC 232 as the result of a freak toe-to-the-eye during a kick in the first round. She was then submitted by Felicia Spencer at UFC Rochester in May.
Anderson, however, now has scored back-to-back finishes, as she submitted Zarah Fairn Dos Santos at UFC 243 in October. Now with two consecutive wins in the small UFC women’s 145-pound weight class, she sent a message to Nunes after the fight.
Anderson even added to the post-fight celebration by doing her own “shooey.”
Spencer still has the chance to stake her claim for the next challenger role later tonight, when she takes on Fairn dos Santos in the evening’s co-main event.
UFC Norfolk took place on Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, live from the Chartway Arena in Norfolk, Virginia. Follow along with FanSided MMA all your live results and highlights.