HOUSTON – Current UFC women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes spoke out on why she issued an apology to former long-time titleholder Ronda Rousey.
Nunes faced “Rowdy” last December 30 as the headliners for UFC 207 in Las Vegas. It was Rousey’s return fight after being knocked out by Holly Holm in November 2015 in Melbourne. After that first loss, the former Olympic judoka chose to keep herself away from all the media and the MMA limelight and decided to focus solely on training.
As Rousey endured her second consecutive career loss against Nunes, “The Lioness” became a little too aggressive during post-fight festivities. Particularly, she took shots at Rousey by questioning the manner of which the latter was able to put on a dominant title reign from 2013-2015.
However, Nunes seemed to have come to her senses and issued an apology via social media. According to the said post, she was simply overrun by emotion and adrenaline, and would want to ask for understanding from fans, both hers and Rousey’s.
Recently, Nunes once again went on record to share her sentiments about Ronda Rousey and the whole build-up leading up to their fight. According to her, being set aside as the champion while Rousey gets more of the attention had rubbed her the wrong way which led her to enter the fight with anger. It is something which she admitted to have done for the first time in her career.
Nunes once again issued an apology, and explained that she initially did so because she did not want people to remember her as a trash-talker. Rather, she wants to maintain the respect that she holds for Ronda Rousey who has paved the way for female fighters like her.
Amanda Nunes deserves props for owning up to her mistakes, but is her apology still valid even if more than a month had already lapsed?