As one might expect, Ronda Rousey isn’t taking her 48-second loss to Amanda Nunes in the main event of UFC 207 very well.
Rousey didn’t speak to the media following her crushing defeat in her much-hyped return fight Friday night at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
But UFC president Dana White was with the former UFC women’s bantamweight champion and Olympic judo bronze medalist following her second consecutive loss, and says the scene was everything one would expect when a high-level competitor suffers a high-visibility defeat.
“I’ve been with her the whole time,” White said on FS1’s post-fight show. “Obviously, she’s so competitive. She’s devastated. She’s a competitor.”
White, however, said the scene was not as glum as the one following her knockout loss to Holly Holm at UFC 193 last year, one for which Rousey later said she contemplated suicide.
“She’s a lot better than the Holly Holm fight,” White said. “She was backstage and obviously she was upset. But she’s got a lot of support for her, and I think it’ll be a lot better than the Holm fight.”
White also took the time to answer those who criticized the lack of promotion for Nunes going into the fight, saying that if no one knew who the UFC women’s bantamweight champion was before the fight, they’re going to remember her name now.
“Everyone was chirping about the promotion for this fight, it was all Ronda based,” White said. “I could have spent $100 million on advertising and nobody would still have known who Amanda was. After tonight, everyone knows who Amanda Nunes is now, OK? Tomorrow morning, ask somebody who Amanda Nunes is, now they know. That’s why I’m the promoter and everyone else isn’t.”