Nunes is coming off an impressive, and quick victory over Miesha Tate at UFC 200, marking the third time since last November that the 135 title has changed hands. Of course, until Holly Holm rocked the MMA world at UFC 193, Rousey defended the bantamweight title six times (not including her Strikeforce defenses).
As it stands right now, it remains to be seen when, and if, Rousey will fight again. Recently Nunes told MMA Fighting.com that if Rousey doesn’t return, her next bout will be against Julianna Pena. The Brazilian fighter added that she thinks Rousey will be back, but Nunes also had this to say about the superstar:
“I don’t think so,” Nunes said, when asked if she thinks Rousey will be the same. “Ronda had her time and that buzz around her. She knows it has cooled down now. She knows she lost. That’s the problem. She was undefeated for a long time and doesn’t know how to deal with a loss now. I started my career with a loss, getting ‘slapped’ by life. Ronda doesn’t know how to deal with that. She fought inferior girls, and those girls fell in her game, that pressure from the UFC and media, and fell in the armbar. But that won’t happen with me because I’m mentally stronger. And I have the belt with me. She knows that, and that’s why she’s avoiding it…”
That’s why if Rousey does come back, her first bout is going to be hee-uge. Everyone will want to see whether she can be the same, dominant fighter she was known to be. Of course, people also want to see if she can reclaim the UFC title.
It’s August 4th, so one would think if Rousey does intend to fight before the year is out, we should hear something fairly soon.