Late last month, in the main event of UFC 207, Ronda Rousey made her long-awaited return to the Octagon opposite reigning women’s bantamweight Queen Amanda Nunes. Rousey’s comeback did not go the way she planned, as she was knocked senseless by Nunes in just 48 seconds. Octagon announcer Bruce Buffer had a front-row seat for this wild fight, and the buildup to it.
During a recent appearance on The Pony Hour podcast, Buffer weighed in on Rousey’s demeanor during fight week. Contrary to her abrupt loss, he said she seemed to be very focused.
“[Rousey] knew that she was about to go into war with fighters that were not the fighters she was arm barring on a regular basis. She was about to go to war, with strikers,” Buffer explained.
“I thought [Rousey] was focused, she just got her ass handed to her. She came into Vegas, on Monday or Friday previous, weighing 135 lbs, instead of coming in on 150 or whatever, and having to lose 15 lbs in 5 days. That’s focused! She came in for the kill.”
When it comes to Nunes, Buffer is clearly nothing but impressed, comparing the reigning bantamweight queen to Chuck Liddell.
“In the case of Amanda Nunes, who is like Chuck Liddell with a clitoris. It’s like — and minus the penis — this is a woman who can move back and forward, who doesn’t punch and hit you in the face, she punches through your head. She’s probably going to hold that belt for a long time.”
With her defeat of Rousey, which marked her first defense of the women’s bantamweight title, Nunes improved to 14-4 overall. She won the title with a similarly lopsided defeat of Miesha Tate in July.
In defeat, Rousey fell onto the first two-fight losing streak of her Hall of Fame worthy career. She’s now 12-2 in sum.
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