Incumbent 135-pound champ Amanda Nunes just added insult to injury – laced with a dashing of salt for that extra locker of hurt to Ronda Rousey’s already damaged ego. Insinuating that Miesha Tate (who she usurped as the division’ champion at UFC 200) is a much better fighter than the “Rowdy” one, is a torturous slow burn indeed.
Per FloCombat via MMAMania:
“UFC 200 was big for me – it was huge. For me it was like crazy and everything changed the week of the fight. I was suddenly the main event and I had to be ready. This one [UFC 207], I knew the whole time I was going to be the main event, so I was mentally stronger, you know? Honestly, my camp for Miesha Tate was harder than it was for Ronda.”
“Miesha Tate is a better fighter, way better than Ronda Rousey,” Nunes said. “The thing is she can’t beat Ronda Rousey, but Miesha Tate is a really tough opponent. She has great wrestling and ground game, she can strike you too. The camp was more hard, but Ronda Rousey, I know how to beat Ronda Rousey and I took time off during my camp … I had like three days off when I took Nina (Ansaroff, her girlfriend) to Disney. It was an easy camp.”
Poor Ronda Rousey – it appears the former undisputed women’s bantamweight titleholder can’t seem to catch a break – even if it was given gratis. Nunes taking three days off of camp training to play cupid at Disney with main squeeze Nina Ansaroff, and then blitzing the Calif., native in under a minute…well, let’s just leave it at that.
At UFC 207, Rousey’s long-awaited return to the Octagon ended in a seismic cataclysm. It took all of 48 seconds for “The Lioness” to light her up like a Christmas tree – a clinical tutorial of how not to stand and bang with an elite striker, especially when your bread and butter is the clinch – ground – submission game.
Nunes kind of has a point re; her fighting assessment of Rousey and 30-year-old Tate – she did clean “Cupcake’s” clock in 3:16 of the opening stanza. Just saying.
Once upon time, the 29-year-old Rousey laid waste to the women’s bantamweight division – more times than not, she’d take home a plethora of arms (nine in total) for safekeeping.
That all changed on the night of Nov. 15, 2015 at UFC 193 (Down Under) when Holly “The Preacher’s Daughter” Holm ended her armbar reign of terror with a swiftly timed kick to the carotid artery. Gone was her stellar undefeated record, as well as her mystique which eviscerated into thin air.
Albeit Rousey (12-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) trounced Tate (18-7 MMA, 5-4 UFC) twice via armbar submission, styles make fights, and Nunes (14-4 MMA, 7-1 UFC) was just a bad stylistic match-up for her. Factor in Rousey’s lack of boxing basics, and she was doomed from the outset.
Rousey’s fall from the lofty heights of MMA immortality has left her on a two-fight skid. Whether she can bounce back from yet another Octagon setback is a question only she can answer, that’s assuming she returns to the fight game.
All told, in the Brazilian’s dismantling of two former upper echelon champions (both who held the 135 belt in Strikeforce and the UFC), Nunes, 28, has sent a clear message to the rest of the girls vying for the top contenders spot – “this girl don’t play!”