Rousey’s Return Shut Down at UFC 207
By Edward Carbajal
UFC 207 heavily marketed the return of Ronda Rousey for Amanda Nunes’s first title defense. Rousey did no media, but was the face of the event with Nunes almost being sold as if it were a guaranteed win for Rousey. Nunes never minded the focus on her opponent or the very little on her, it just gave her more time to prepare.
From the start of the bout both fighters looked poised to trade blows but there was only one striker with the experience needed to end the fight in round one. 48 seconds is all it took for Nunes to shut-down Rousey and send her storming out of the cage, the way she walked out of the face off at Madison Square Garden and the weigh-ins. Rousey did try to trade with the champ, but that is exactly why she lost according to Nunes.
During the post fight press conference she said Rousey’s greatness has been hampered by poor coaching. She gave her credit using her Judo to not only be as dominant as she was when she was the first bantamweight champion in the UFC, but for bringing the attention to the division that she [Nunes] is the champion of now.
Nunes is not only a solid champion because of her skill set in the cage, but for the way she conducts herself outside of it. Respectful, humble, and gracious at the top, see the UFC 207 results below:
Amanda Nunes def. Ronda Rousey via KO (punches) at :48 of round 1
Cody Garbrandt def. Dominick Cruz by unanimous decision (48-46, 48-46, 48-47)
T.J. Dillashaw def. John Lineker by unanimous decision (30-26 )
Dong Hyun Kim def. Tarec Saffiedine by split decision (27-30, 29-28, 29-28)
Ray Borg def. Louis Smolka by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-26)
Neil Magny def. Johny Hendricks by unanimous decision (29-28 )
Antonio Carlos Junior def. Marvin Vettori by unanimous decision (29-28)
Alex Garcia def. Mike Pyle via KO (punch) at 3:34 of round 1
Niko Price def. Brandon Thatch via submission (arm-triangle choke) at 4:30 of round 1
Tim Means vs. Alex Oliveira ends in a no contest at 3:33 of round 1