Ronda Rousey beaten in 48 seconds as UFC comeback ends in misery

March 10, 2017

Brazilian Amanda Nunes stops Rousey inside a minute to retain her bantamweight title on a painful night for the former champion

Ronda Rouseys UFC comeback didnt even last a minute.

Rousey was stopped 48 seconds into her first fighting in 13 months Friday night, losing to bantamweight champ Amanda Nunes at UFC 207.

Rousey( 12 -2) never managed to get her footing against Nunes( 14 -4 ), who rocked Rousey with her very first punches. Rousey depicted little defensive acumen as she staggered and stumbled backward with Nunes relentlessly seeking her and landing 27 punches in the brief bout.

Forget about Ronda Rousey! Nunes shouted to the sellout crowd. Shes going to go do movies. Forget about her. She has a lot of money already.

Indeed, Rouseys future in the athletic is clearly in question. The biggest starring in the womens game, who left the arena without devoting an interview, is likely considering retirement shortly before her 30 th birthday.

Thats it for her, Nunes said. For sure, shes going to retire.

Referee Herb Dean stopped the bout with Rousey still on her feet, and Rousey briefly protested the stoppage before leaving the cage in her moms arms. Nunes set her finger to her lips and circled the cage after the stoppage, pausing to taunt Rouseys much-maligned coach-and-four, Edmond Tarverdyan.

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Joy for Amanda Nunes after she retains her title. Photograph: Josh Hedges/ Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

Her coach set some crazy things in her head, and her career started going down, Nunes said. Im the real striker here.

Cody Garbrandt won the mens bantamweight title in the penultimate bout at UFC 207, battering champ Dominick Cruz to earns a surprising decision victory at T-Mobile Arena in the promotions traditional end-of-the-year show in its hometown.

But the sellout crowd left shocked when Rousey couldnt compete in her first fighting since losing her belt to Holly Holm 13 months ago in her first career defeat.

Rousey became arguably the worlds most famous female athlete and a combat athletics trailblazer while she rocketed atop the UFC, but a year away from the athletic apparently did little to mend the holes in her game. She made a guaranteed$ 3 million for her comeback bout, while Nunes assured payday was just $200,000.

I knew I was going to beat( Rousey ), Nunes said. Im the best on the planet.

Rousey hadnt fought since November 2015, when Holly Holm stopped her with a head kick in one of the biggest upsets in MMA history. Rousey had never lost or been in much difficulty while the former Olympic judo medalist earned a series of one-sided victories, but Holms veteran striking constructed Rousey appear unprepared.

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