In a stunning victory, the women’s bantamweight championship belt remains with Nunes. On Friday, the 28-year-old Brazilian, nicknamed “the Lioness,” proved she’s a force to be reckoned with after defending her belt against the once long-reigning champion in an intense fight.
In 48-seconds in the first round, Nunes (14-4) won by TKO to retain the bantamweight title.
It was the third fastest knockout in women’s UFC bantamweight history, and the second consecutive knockout loss for Rousey (12-2).
“I’m the champion, Amanda Nunes,” she told UFC commentator Joe Rogan in the octagon after winning.
“I stop everybody like that, when I asked for this fight, I prepared my mind, my spirit, my body for this moment. Nobody is going to take this belt away from me,” she continued.
“I trained for this girl since my first fight in UFC, I proved to everybody I’m the best on the planet. Now [Rousey’s] going to retire and do movies she’s already got a lot of money. Forget about f—in Ronda Rousey. I’m the real champion!” Nunes concluded.
While many Rousey fans were sure she would reclaim her belt, it was team Nunes who stayed confident going into the fight. While at weigh-ins, Nunes heard boos from the crowd and told the audience, “I will show everybody I’m the real champion. I will show you guys and be ready.”
After spraying champagne the her locker room and celebrating with her team, Nunes discussed her win with Fox Sports 1. “It was amazing … it was beautiful,” the champion said of the fight. “I didn’t train that much because I trained for this girl my whole UFC career.”
Asked if this match was “easy,” Nunes responded: “Yeah, I dreamed and I dreamed, I saw in my dream, I have a team behind me they told me it’s easy.”
As for what’s next for her, she said she’ll go “back in the gym,” adding, “I know I have so much to prove, I will keep training to go to the next level in my career.”
UFC 207 marked Rousey’s first fight back in the UFC since her devastating loss to Holly Holm last November. The superstar hasn’t just been absent from the octagon, but also the public eye. She only made a few appearances on television throughout the year, while steering clear of any and all UFC events.
One thing that isn’t for sure, is if we will see Rousey back in the ring again. Prior to her defeat, she had appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show where the 29-year-old revealed that her career is coming to an end.
“I’m wrapping it up,” said Rousey. “This is definitely one of my last fights. Everyone better watch because the show isn’t gonna be around forever!”