May. 13, 2016
Ronday Rousey Knocked Out...in 48 Seconds at UFC 207
We all have battles in life. Sometimes we win those battles and other times we don't, and it's the battles that we don't win that make us want to try harder and become stronger, not being okay with failure. Ronda Rousey lost a fight against Holly Holm last November in 2015 and she hasn't fought since. She took the time to digest her loss and get away from everything. She trained relentlessly and consistently to make sure that she would win her next fight whenever and whoever she fought. That time has now come and Rousey was ready to make her return tonight on December 30th, 2016 to beat Amanda Nunes. However, her plan to beat Nunes didn't end well.
The world was shocked when Rousey lost to Holly Holm in November of 2015 because Rousey was hyped up to win against a preacher's daughter. However, Holm took a different approach and within just the first few seconds of the second round Holm took Rousey to the ground with some powerful kicks to the face before Rousey fell to the ground and was punched repeatedly without throwing a single punch herself to Holm. It was clear that Holm had figured out Rousey's tactics ahead of time, and she figured them out well.
Rousey was isolated for months in a Southern California cabin to separate herself from the world, "It's like I'm doing the chick version of growing a beard and living in a cave, you know?" Rousey says. "You remember when Batman goes off to this ninja place, then time lapses and you see he's grown this beard? My woman version of growing a beard was letting my highlights grow out and changing my number." She had a year to think about that loss and what she did wrong to not win. That fight lit a fire inside Rousey. A big fire.
Amanda Nunes, Rousey's opponent for tonight's fight, is nicknamed the Lioness and actually wore a lion face mask at their weigh-ins, staring at Rousey. Nunes is a Brazilian 28 year old and stands at 5' 8" and 135 lbs. Rousey is 29 and stands at 5' 7" and 135 lbs. This fight was hyped up more than ever due to the constant talk about Ronda beating Amanda Nunes. Nobody was hyping Nunes up just like nobody was hyping up Holm. Everyone said Rousey was in her element and that she was ready to make the biggest statement in UFC.
The two got in the Octagon and the camera was definitely on Rousey more than on Nunes. It seemed like the world was just getting ready to see Rousey prove the world wrong and declare that she was the bantamweight champion. We all thought that...until Nunes got the best of Rousey in just 48 seconds of round 1 by backing Rousey into the fence while throwing right handed punches fast enough to knock out Rousey and be declared the back-to-back bantamweight champ.
Immediately after the fight Rousey ran out of the Octagon with her mom at her side, not addressing the media. Nunes on the other hand proudly said, "Forget about Ronda Rousey," while wearing her belt with a smile. Although Rousey lost, she received a disclosed payday of $3 million. Nunes, the winner and back-to-back champion, netted a disclosed purse of $200,000.
So, now that this fight ended in the way that Rousey had not planned for her epic comeback, the big question is being asked: Will Ronda Rousey end her career after this loss or will she keep going until she gets the win?