Amanda Nunes states Ronda Rousey will retire "for sure" after UFC 207 loss

One of the UFC's biggest stars made her return to the Octagon on Friday night, but it did not go to plan

BY Adrian Collins 10:24 Saturday 31 December 2016, 10:24 31 Dec 2016

Image: Amanda Nunes, left, celebrates her win as Ronda Rousey stands at right, after their women's bantamweight championship mixed martial arts bout was stopped in the first round at UFC 207. John Locher AP/Press Association Images

Ronda Rousey's return to the UFC did not go to plan as she was beaten in the first round by Amanda Nunes.

The former champion was blitzed by Nunes with a flurry of stinging punches for which she had no answer, as the bout lasted just 48 seconds. 

Referee Herb Dean jumped in to call an end to the fight when it became clear that Rousey could not return fire, and in the aftermath of the fight, Nunes gestured with a finger to her lips towards Rosey's corner - she wanted them to be quiet. 

Speaking to MMA Fighting at the post-fight press conference, Nunes said the gesture was for Rousey's coach Edmond Tarverdyan, and lay the blame for the defeat with him. 

"I knew she was going to to strike with me, because she thinks it, because her boxing coach told her she has good striking [...] but when I started to connect with some punches, I knew she would want to start to clinch with me.

"He like put this thing in her head and make the girl believe in that. I don't know why he did that. She have great judo, and she can go far in this division, but he put some crazy thing about boxing, and her career started to go down."

After the fight, Nunes was clear that she always felt that it was going to be over in the first round.

"The whole time, I knew it was going to be like this. I trained like that, like a lion. I know that if I had the chance at the beginning of the fight, like she gave me, I knew I can finish her. I know the girls can't take my punches, I know that, and it happened tonight."

When asked if she had a chance to speak to Rousey afterwards, Nunes stated that she exchanged a few words of thanks, but also told her that it was time for her to step away from the sport.  

"Yeah, I talked to her and said: 'Thank you so much. You did a lot for the sport, but now you can take time, rest and then maybe do something else.'

"There's no need for her to keep doing that, she's a millionaire already [...] I'm going to be the champion forever, she have to retire, she's never going to get [to the title] anymore."

"Yeah, that's it for her," Nunes added, when asked if she thought Rousey would end her career. "For sure, she's going to retire. She can't take it anymore. If she wants a rematch, I'm going to do the same thing."

Elsewhere on the UFC 207 card, Cody Garbrandt scored a victory over Dominick Cruz to claim the UFC bantamweight championship. T.J. Dillashaw awaits for him after he scored a unanimous decision victory over John Lineker. 

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