After more than a year of anticipation, the fate of the most famous UFC fighter to date, Ronda Rousey, was decided in just 48 seconds on Friday.
Brazilian fighter Amanda Nunes defended her women’s bantamweight champion title by dispatching Rousey with a vicious flurry of strikes in the first round, leaving no doubt about the end of Rousey’s long reign as the UFC’s top female fighter.
The defeat followed weeks of promotional appearances leading up to the fight, during which Rousey refused to address the media and would only stick around long enough for the public to get a glimpse of her newly ripped physique. Her fighting form, deadly serious scowls and complete silence, led many UFC watchers to wonder if the world was about to see a new version of Rousey, one who had learned from her shocking loss at the boxing-centric hands of Holly Holm in November 2015. Read more…