Ronda Rousey’s UFC comeback didn’t even last a minute.
Rousey was stopped 48 seconds into her first oppose in 13 months Friday night, losing to bantamweight champion 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 wailed to the sellout mob. “She’s going to go do movies. Keep forgetting her. She has a lot of money already.”
Indeed, Rousey’s future in the athletic is clearly in question. The biggest star in the women’s game, who left the arena without devoting an interview, is likely considering retirement shortly before her 30 th birthday.
“That’s it for her, ” Nunes said. “For sure, she’s 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 mother’s limbs. Nunes set her thumb to her lips and circled the cage after the stoppage, pausing to taunt Rousey’s much-maligned coach, Edmond Tarverdyan.
“Her coach set some crazy things in her head, and her career started going down, ” Nunes said. “I’m the real striker here.”
Cody Garbrandt won the men’s bantamweight title in the penultimate bout at UFC 207, battering champion Dominick Cruz to earns a surprising decision victory at T-Mobile Arena in the promotion’s traditional end-of-the-year show in its hometown.
But the sellout mob left shocked when Rousey couldn’t compete in her first oppose since losing her belt to Holly Holm 13 months ago in her first career defeat.
Rousey became arguably the world’s 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’ guaranteed payday was just $200,000.
“I knew I was going to beat( Rousey ), ” Nunes said. “I’m the best on the planet.”
Rousey hadn’t 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 Holm’s veteran striking stimulated Rousey look unprepared.
Rousey’s return fight was similar, but even quicker.
Nunes claimed the belt at UFC 200 in July with a violent stoppage of Miesha Tate, who had beaten Holm in March. Nunes made an impressive ascent after losing three fights earlier in her career to opponents beaten easily by Rousey.
Rousey virtually faded from public view after her first loss, taking hour away from the gym and attending to her acting career. The UFC also was sold during her absence to WME-IMG, the entertainment conglomerate that also represents Rousey’s career.
But Rousey refused to promote this pay-per-view present, leaving Cruz, Garbrandt and Nunes to do most of the work. While Rousey’s media blackout will hurt her cut of the pay-per-view revenue, it didn’t affect her guaranteed payday, which matched Conor McGregor for the biggest disclosed check in UFC history.
Earlier, Garbrandt( 11 -0) remained unbeaten with a virtuoso performance to claim the belt held for the past 11 months by Cruz( 22 -2 ), who ended up with a gaping cut over his left eye.
Garbrandt employed precise striking, multiple takedowns and remarkable charisma to win over the judges, who all favored him by scores of 48-46, 48 -4 6 and 48 -4 7.
Cruz hadn’t lost an MMA oppose since March 24, 2007, winning 13 straight bouts in a career marked by multiple comebacks from major injuries.