Ronda Rousey’s Return Falls Flat

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UFC fans have been anticipating the return of Ronda Rousey. However, the homecoming of the cherished fighter did not last long. In fact, it did not last longer than a minute.

On Friday night, Rousey’s first fight in 13 months, the UFC fighter lost to bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes at UFC 207 in Las Vegas after just 48-seconds in the ring. Nunes was awarded $200,000 for the win, whereas Rousey raked in $3 million for just showing up.

Nunes was relentless. Conducting a flurry of hard-hitting punches, Rousey never succeeded in getting her footing down. The beat down was intense, and eventually referee Herb Dean stopped the fight after only twelve seconds under a minute. Rousey wanted to continue, but soon relinquished in her defeat and headed for her mother’s arms.

Moments after the win, Nunes cherished her triumph, chanting to the crowd: “Forget about Ronda Rousey! She’s going to go do movies. Forget about her. She has a lot of money already. I knew I was going to beat Rousey. I’m the best on the planet.”

It’s been over a year since Rousey ended her career after losing her belt to Holly Holm, when she stopped Rousey with a head kick in one of the biggest upsets in MMA history. Since her last loss, Rousey began focusing on her film career such as action movies The Expendables 3 and Furious 7, while also training for a comeback. Inevitably, her comeback fell short against Nunes.

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