UFC 207: Amanda Nunes Welcomes Ronda Rousey Back To The UFC With A TKO
Ronda Rousey made her triumphant return to the UFC octagon. Her return was short lived. Rousey challenged Amanda Nunes for the UFC women’s bantamweight championship at UFC 207. Rousey did not last one minute.
Rousey had not been seen under the bright lights of Ultimate Fighting Championship since she lost to Holly Holm at UFC 193 – Rousey vs. Holm. Not only was Rousey a former UFC champion, she also was the Strikeforce MMA women’s bantamweight champion and an Olympic Bronze medalist.
“Rowdy” Rousey (12-2) was in remarkable shape heading into her fight against Nunes, she was a -180 favorite. However, all bets were off once both Nunes and Rousey were locked inside the octagon. Once the bell ring, Rousey just seemed out of her league.
To be a former champion, Rousey did not bring the championship pedigree she needed to have in this fight. Not only did she not defend herself at all, mentally, it appeared that Rousey was in another world.
While Nunes had been campaigning for the fight the moment she beat Miesha Tate at UFC 200 Tate vs. Nunes. Many thought that the Brazillian fighter was out of her element but she appeared poised and focused throughout the match. Here’s a breakdown of how the match went.
Round 1: As soon as the bell rang, Nunes paced towards Rousey with strikes. She planted several hits to the face of Rousey. Rousey tried countering with a few strikes of her own but she was unsuccessful.
Nunes eventually back Rousey into the fence where Nunes continued to land multiple strikes. When it appeared that Rousey would not be able to defend herself, the referee called an end to the fight.