But, what went wrong? The fight ended in just 48 seconds, with Nunes teeing off on the former champ, before referee Herb Dean stepped in.
Audio from Rousey’s corner has since been released, revealing trainer Edmond Tarverdyan’s instructions during the fight.
From the opening bell, he tells Rousey to “make her miss”, while a second cornerman tells her to be patient and pick her moments. But, as Nunes lands her first jab, Tarverdyan is heard repeatedly shouting “head movement” to no avail. As the champ began peppering Rousey with combinations, her trainer pleads: “Move, please! Clinch! Clinch!!” But, it was too late.
As Dean steps in, Tarverdyan is in complete shock, screaming “Nooo” multiple times.
After the fight, Nunes criticized Tarverdyan for making Rousey believe that she’s a boxer, instead of playing to her strengths. “She thinks she is a boxer,” Nunes said. “[Tarverdyan] put this thing in her head, and make the girl believe in that. I don’t know why he did that. She had great judo. She could’ve gone more forward in this division, but he put that crazy thing about boxing in there, and her career started going down.”
It’s currently unclear if Ronda plans to ever get back into the Octagon, though the general consesous is that it’s unlikely. But if she does, she’ll definitely have to come to the realization that she cannot trade with opponents like Nunes, and instead, work to her strengths — grappling and judo.
This is especially true, given that nine of her 12 MMA victories came by submission via armbar.