Stick a fork in Ronda Rousey. She’s done. KO’d in 48 seconds by Amanda Nunes #AndStill.
I picked Nunes to win by KO in the 2nd round, but I was wrong. She won in one round. Imagine Ronda, after all that time away training and ignoring the media, just deciding her game plan was to stand toe to toe with a striker like Nunes? This was an absolute joke of a fight tonight. It goes to show you, anyone can give the death stare at a weigh in, but facial expressions don’t win fights… or stop punches. I don’t think Ronda has seen her skills diminish. I think the level of talent has simply grown superior within the sport of MMA.
I’m uncertain if Ronda will stick around in UFC. She needs to get an entirely different camp and coach. They made no changes to her game following the Holly Holm defeat in November 2015. I’d say her image in Hollywood will now suffer, as they love the winners. She needs to return in under 6 months, not 13 months next time. Fight a lower level fighter.
Nunes on the other hand is on the fast track to becoming the Anderson Silva of the Women’s Bantamweight division. She has all the tools of a sound Championship level MMA fighter. I didn’t take her victory of Meisha Tate lightly. I expect Nunes next defense to be against Holly Holm. I think she could win that fight in 2-3 rounds, given she’s more well rounded.