Ronda Rousey returned to the Octagon at UFC 207 on Friday night (Oct. 30) and was completely destroyed by champ Amanda Nunes… in under a minute.
In her highly anticipated return, following a stunning knockout loss to Holly Holm last year, Rousey suffered a one-sided stoppage by the defending bantamweight champion in front of a sold out crowd inside Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena.
In the opening seconds, Nunes stunned Ronda with a jab and a glancing right that put her immediately on the defense. As Rousey began backing up, the champion moved in, delivering another overhand right that sent her into into the cage. From there, Nunes began teeing off, unloading a barrage of lefts and rights, before referee Herb Dean stopped at the fight at just 48 seconds — the fastest KO of Nunes’ career.
“I’m stopping everybody like that,” Nunes said in the post fight interview. “When I asked for this fight, I knew everything. I was preparing my mind, spirit, body. I know Ronda Rousey is big. They know and love Ronda Rousey, but no one is going to take this belt from me.”
I knew I was going to beat the sh*t out of Rousey like that,” she later added. “Forget about Ronda Rousey.”
Nunes improved to 14-4, while Rousey’s record dropped to 12-2. Nunes now holds the UFC female bantamweight record for most finishes inside the first round, breaking Rousey’s record of five coming into the fight.
Rousey walked away a disclosed payday of $3 million — tying the record for the richest fight purse in MMA history, also held by Conor McGregor who received the same payday for his fight with Nate Diaz at UFC 202 in August. Nunes netted a disclosed purse of $200,000, but will receive a PPV bonus, along with Rousey.
After the fight, Rousey immediately left the cage, declining to do an interview.
In the co-main event, Cody Garbrandt was crowned the new men’s bantamweight champion, after earning a unanimous decision over Dominick Cruz after five rounds.
Cody put on a dominanting performance, outworking Cruz and putting him on the mat a number of times throughout the fight.