When Amanda Nunes defended her UFC women’s bantamweight title against Ronda Rousey at UFC 207, it was one of the most lopsided beatdowns in UFC championship history. Nunes demolished the former champion, knocking her out in a mere 48 seconds and putting Rousey’s future in the sport in serious question. After the fight, Nunes herself even said that she was confident Rousey would retire and that her time in the sport was over.
Now she’s changing her tune though. Speaking with Fox 11 Los Angeles yesterday, Nunes offered some advice to Rousey for a return to MMA based on her own experience.
“I already passed this moment in my career. It’s harder to lose but if you be strong, you’ll be able to come back like I did. Make some changes, adjust. The passion in her life, the family has to be with her. The base is very important. Make some changes in her camp, move to another gym and come back strong.”
Nunes is no stranger to comebacks. After debuting in the UFC with back-to-back first round stoppages, Nunes was placed in a title eliminator bout against Cat Zingano; Zingano won by third round TKO. The loss made Nunes decided to change things up and leave the MMA Masters gym to begin training at American Top Team with her partner Nina Ansaroff and dozens of other elite mixed martial artists. The combination has proved potent, with Nunes winning her last five bouts, taking the title, and becoming only the third woman in UFC history to successfully defend a belt.
Conversely, after losing the belt to Holly Holm in 2015, Rousey returned to her coach Edmund Tarverdyan to prepare her for the powerful punching combinations of Nunes. Rousey’s refusal to mix things up led many to believe that her hubris was blinding her ahead of one of the most difficult tests of her career and Nunes agrees, saying that the fight was over long before the stoppage came.
“I think it was ego. I knew she was gonna try to strike with me and I think that was the completely wrong strategy to fight a girl like me...
“When I landed I saw, in that moment I saw in her eyes she was done. That [first punch] was the moment that I saw something. Like scared; scared if I connect the other hand because it was the jab.”
Rousey has stayed pretty quiet about her future in the sport following the loss, releasing a brief statement congratulating Nunes and thanking her fans and then posting an inspirational quote to her Instagram account about rebuilding her life. And without a Rousey return, Nunes is left without a big name to continue to build herself against. Besides Rousey, the most well known women’s bantamweights are Miesha Tate, who is now retired, and Holly Holm, who is fighting Germaine de Randamie for the UFC’s inaugural women’s featherweight title next month. That suits Nunes just fine though. She plans to build her star by taking on the winner of that fight to become the first female simultaneous champion in UFC history.
“Next is the 145 [pound] belt, to move up to featherweight.”
After all, there are worse ways to promote yourself in MMA than following in the footsteps of Conor McGregor.
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Not outrage like with Brock. Wonder why?
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Awesome. Super exciting and I’m sure the fans will be interested now!
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One of these men is a welterweight.
Angela Hill (6-2) vs. Jessica Andrade (15-5); UFC Fight Night: Houston, Feb. 4.
Bethe Correia (10-2) vs. Marion Reneau (7-3); UFC Fight Night: Fortaleza, March 11.
Alex Nicholson (7-3) vs. Paul Henrique Costa (8-0); UFC Fight Night: Fortaleza, March 11.
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