Former Women’s Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey has released a statement following her 48 second TKO loss to current champion Amanda Nunes.
Rousey did not attend the traditional credentialed media event following the UFC 207 main event, instead opting to release a statement to ESPN.
Rousey said that her focus for 2016 was to make a triumphant return to the octagon, and thanked her fans for their ongoing support. She noted that she would need to “take some time to reflect” but did not make mention of possibly retiring following her loss.
The full statement can be read here:
“I want to say thank you to all of my fans who have been there for me in not only the greatest moments but in the most difficult ones. Words cannot convey how much your love and support means to me.
“Returning to not just fighting, but winning, was my entire focus this past year. However, sometimes — even when you prepare and give everything you have and want something so badly — it doesn’t work how you planned. I take pride in seeing how far the women’s division has come in the UFC and commend all the other women who have been part of making this possible, including Amanda.
I need to take some time to reflect and think about the future. Thank you for believing in me and understanding.”
Nunes took less than a minute to dismantle Rousey with a TKO victory in the main event fight of UFC 207. Nunes pressed forward early, clipping Rousey with powerful punches that snapped her head back and sent her reeling across the cage. Watching closely, veteran referee Herb Dean deemed he’d seen enough after Rousey ate numerous heavy punches following a series of failed clinch attempts.
Nunes is now on a five fight winning streak, and adds Rousey to a list of high profile scalps, including former champion Miesha Tate and bantamweight contender Valentina Shevchenko.
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