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Amanda Nunes felt ‘alone' before fighting Ronda Rousey: 'They hurt me a lot'

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Amanda Nunes
Amanda Nunes
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

FORTALEZA, Brazil — Amanda Nunes put her UFC bantamweight championship on the line for the first time Dec. 30 against MMA superstar Ronda Rousey, but she didn’t feel she was treated like a champion before the fight.

The UFC promoted the UFC 207 main event mostly based on Rousey’s comeback, a more than a year after she lost her belt to Holly Holm in Australia. Nunes made quick work of the former champion to defend the belt in Las Vegas.

"I talk about anger, but I was sad,” Nunes said during a Q&A before the UFC Fight Night 106 ceremonial weigh-ins in Brazil. "I felt alone, you know what I mean? Everything was for Ronda, and I was the champion, the best in the world. That’s why I say that. They hurt me a lot. I fought that day with anger.

"Every time I touched Ronda, connected a punch, I wanted more and more,” she continued. "That’s why the fight was so fast. Every time I connected, I felt that she couldn't take it, so I threw more and only stopped when it was over. But it was good.”

Nunes stopped Rousey by TKO in the first round, and admits she felt good punching “Rowdy" in the face.

"It was great, you know?” Nunes said. "Every punch I landed in that face made me wanna laugh, but I held it. It was great."

Despite the strong words, Nunes hopes Rousey comes back to finish her career with a victory.

"She needs to take some time to recover,” Nunes said. "A loss is something tough. I’ve lost before, you need great people around you, your family, people giving you positive energy. I want to see Ronda coming back, her finishing her career with a win. Every athlete deserves that. I don’t want it to end this way because it’s sad.

"I won, but I don’t wish her any harm. I want her to come back and maybe, who knows, a rematch in the future? It would be perfect."