Ronda Rousey couldn’t withstand 48 seconds into her comeback fight Friday night, losing to bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes at UFC 207.
After 13-months Rousey (12-2) entered the ring. However, couldn’t manage to get her footing against Nunes (14-4), who tossed Rousey with her very first punch.
Rousey battered and stumbled backward while Nunes unsympathetically pursued her and landed numerous combinations. Referee Herb Dean stopped the bout with Rousey still on her feet. Rousey quickly protested the stoppage before leaving the octagon in her mother’s arms.
Rousey couldn’t compete in her first fight since losing her title to Holly Holm last year in her first career loss. Rounda turned out arguably the world’s most acclaimed female athlete.Moreover, she was regarded as a combat sports trailblazer while she shooted atop the UFC. However, a year away from the sport evidently did little to mend the gaps in her game.
Nunes claimed bantamweight belt with a violent knockout of Miesha Tate at UFC 200 in July. Nunes lost three fights before in her career to contenders beaten easily by Rousey. However, Nunes’ work ethic and toughness pushed her into the biggest fight in the women’s category against Rousey.
Rousey hadn’t fought since November 2015, when Holm put her down with a head kick in one of the biggest disappointments in MMA history. Rousey had never lost or been in much trouble before that fight. The former Olympic judo medalist topped her sport with a series of one-sided victories, but Holm’s veteran striking made Rousey look amateurish before the dramatic defeat.
Rousey nearly vanished from public attention after her loss. She took some time away from the gym and trying out her acting career. After the bantamweight belt had changed hands two more times in her absence, Rousey concurred to return for a shot at reclaiming her title. Meanwhile, in her absence, the UFC was sold to WME-IMG, the entertainment conglomerate that also represents Rousey’s career.