Nunes Sets Records, Rousey Offers Statement


Wasting no time in trying to rebound from her second straight defeat, Ronda Rousey reached out to ESPN yesterday afternoon following her 48-second loss to current women’s bantamweight champion Amanda “The Lioness” Nunes.

“I want to say thank you to all of my fans who have been there for me in not only the greatest moments but in the most difficult ones. Words cannot convey how much your love and support means to me.

“Returning to not just fighting, but winning, was my entire focus this past year. However, sometimes — even when you prepare and give everything you have and want something so badly — it doesn’t work how you planned. I take pride in seeing how far the women’s division has come in the UFC and commend all the other women who have been part of making this possible, including Amanda.

“I need to take some time to reflect and think about the future. Thank you for believing in me and understanding.”

Following an initial 12-0 run, Rousey first loss led to a lengthy bout of depression and thoughts of suicide in the immediate aftermath of being knocked out by Holly Holm. “Rowdy” was a ghost for over a year before returning to face Nunes. While she seems to be taking this loss in stride, her head coach Edmond Tarverdyan is a different story.

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Coach Edmund @CoachEdmund

Wasn't the best performance, we just had a little ring rust. We would've rebounded but herb had to stop it early

11:57 PM - 30 Dec 2016

Coach Edmund @CoachEdmund

I believe that Nunes had loaded gloves. Ronda had her hands up the entire fight, no way she should've been hurt by those punches.

1:02 PM - 31 Dec 2016

On the Nunes side of things, the UFC’s first Brazilian women’s champion said of Tarverdyan during the post-fight press conference, “[Rousey] thinks that she’s a boxer, you know?” “He [Tarverdyan] like put this thing in her head and make the girl believe in that. I don’t know why he did that. She have great judo, and she can go far in this division, but he put some crazy thing about boxing, and her career started to go down. And if I win that, I am the real striker. This is the only thing I wanted to look at him, to say it.”

Nunes is now on the longest active win streak in her division (5) and has tied Rousey for the most stoppages (6) while earning the most overall wins (7) in her division according to USA Today’s MMAJunkie.com. UFC 207 earned a $4.75 million live gate from over 18,500 fans in attendance. The pay-per-view figures for the event are not yet available.

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