Nunes had Rousey in all sorts of trouble not long into the fight, after she cracked the star with heavy punches. A stunned Rousey managed to stay on her feet, but it wasn’t long before she was rescued by the referee. Nunes’ first title defense, and Rousey’s long awaited return, was over in less than one minute.
Leading up to the event, Miesha Tate reported Nunes was the hardest puncher she faced during her memorable career. While discussing her victory after the card, here is some of what Nunes had to say about her power (quote via MMA Junkie):
“I know the girls can’t take my punches,” Nunes said. “I know that. And it happened tonight.”
Yes. It most certainly did. Nunes also brought up Rousey’s boxing coach, Edmond Taverdyan, while reflecting on her victory. After Rousey was destroyed by Holly Holm last year, many pundits questioned whether the former champ should bring in other coaches.
“I knew she was going to strike with me; she (thought she could) because her boxing coach told her she has good striking,” Nunes said. “I knew she was going to strike a little bit with me, but when I started to connect with some punches, I knew she was going to start clinching with me.”
It was a jaw dropping conclusion to the 2016 campaign. Rousey has yet to comment publicly on the defeat. Is “Rowdy’s” fighting career over? Or will the Judoka attempt another title run?