AMANDA NUNES' reign as UFC women's bantamweight champion is over thanks to a stunning upset victory from Julianna Pena.
The pound-for-pound queen suffered a shocking second-round submission loss to the Venezuelan Vixen in the co-main event of UFC 269 in Las Vegas.
And defeat to the former Ultimate Fighter season 18 winner saw Nunes' legendary six-year unbeaten run go up in smoke.
In her post-fight interview, an elated Pena told UFC commentator Joe Rogan: "I'm not surprised, motherf****r."
Nunes looked to get an early read on the challenger, who looked tentative after ref Marc Goddard kicked off the bout.
Pena soon found herself on the canvas courtesy of a big calf kick, which drew a huge reaction from the crowd.
And moments later, she was back on the mat thanks to a big right hand.
Pena was hesitant to get back to her feet and threw plenty of upkicks in a bid to keep the former champ off her.
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Nunes eventually made her way to full mount before transitioning to the back and working for a rear-naked choke.
Pena showed great defence and managed to weather the storm until the buzzer.
Pena looked to feint her way in early in the second but ate a stiff jab for her troubles.
Nunes looked on course to gain yet another stoppage victory after landing a big uppercut hook combo.
But a dogged Pena didn't give up and returned fire with several combinations of her own.
Chaos ensued as both women went for broke and rocked each other multiple times.
Nunes' carelessness eventually resulted in her getting wobbled by a big right hand.
The former champ went into desperation mode and shot for a takedown to try to save her bacon.
Pena didn't let the golden moment slip through her fingers, transitioning to the Brazilian's back and sinking in a rear-naked choke.
A dazed Nunes begrudgingly tapped to the choke and sent fans in attendance at the arena into pandemonium.
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