Following a 13-month hiatus from the sport, Ronda Rousey’s long-awaited return lasted a mere 48 seconds.
The former champion suffered her second consecutive knockout loss when Amanda Nunes unloaded a barrage of unanswered strikes that forced referee Herb Dean to call a standing technical knockout. While Rousey looked devastated following her defeat, fans and pundits were unable to gauge the extent of her disappointment because she refused to speak to the media in the fight’s aftermath.
UFC president Dana White, who spent some time with Rousey following the loss, was able to offer some insight into how she felt following her second loss.
“I’ve been with her this whole time,” White stated on the UFC 207 post-fight show. “Obviously she is so competitive. She is devastated but she is a lot better than she was during the Holly Holm fight. Obviously she is upset but she has a lot of support with her and I think it is going to be better than the Holly fight.”
It remains unclear whether Rousey will ever fight again. Less than a month ago, Rousey revealed on “The Ellen Show” that her fight with Nunes would be one of the last times she steps inside the UFC Octagon. The loss to Nunes may have hastened that decision.
“This is definitely one of my last fights. Everybody better watch because the show isn’t going to be around forever.”
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