It wasn’t that lengthy ago that Ronda Rousey was regarded as the most dominant female MMA fighter in the globe.
That time has now decisively passed.
Defending bantam weight champion Amanda Nunes trounced Rousey to the point that the UFC 207 title fight was stopped right after just 48 seconds tonight.
Nunes was extensively regarded as an underdog, but Rousey in no way had a opportunity after she touched gloves with the Brazilian known to fans as the Lioness.
Nunes pummeled Rousey with a barrage of jabs, placing the former champ on a defensive campaign from which she never ever recovered.
At the 48-second mark of the initial round of what was billed as the matchup of the year, the judges took mercy on Rousey and known as the fight in favor of her 28-year-old opponent.
A stunned Rousey kept her eyes cast to the ground as the fight was announced in favor of an opponent she had sworn to beat in her few media appearances of the past 13 months.
Rousey lost the UFC bantamweight title when she was defeated by Holly Holm in November of 2015.
Shortly thereafter, Holm lost the title to Miesha Tate, who later lost it to Nunes.
Rousey’s comeback work was billed by each her PR team and the UFC simply as “the return.”
It seems Ronda wasn’t the only one particular who underestimated Amanda Nunes.
Born in Brazil but trained in New Jersey and Tennessee, Nunes now boasts a record of 14-four.
Even though a quantity of MMA analysts anticipated her to provide a formidable challenge to Rousey, couple of – if any – expected her to make such short function of the sport’s most recognized figure.
As early as this week, Rousey was sharing chiseled selfies on Instagram in order to demonstrate that she was in the ideal shape of her career and send a message of intimidation to her significantly less-celebrated opponent.
It now appears that message fell on deaf ears.
Rousey was open about her struggle with depression following her defeat by Holm, causing many to query if she was emotionally match to return to the ring.
The future of her career remains uncertain.
For now, it appears as even though UFC founder Dana White may possibly do greatest to hang his future hopes on the newly anointed queen of the octagon, Amanda Nunes.