Ronda Rousey hasn’t been in the ring for over a year.
During her last fight the once queen of the UFC was beaten by Holly Holm, giving Rousey her first defeat.
When holly holm KO'd Ronda Rousey https://t.co/ufaBnpXyTL
— UFC Vines (@UFCVines_) March 5, 2016
Rousey, who was KO’ed in the second round, eventually agreed to fight Amanda Nunes, the women’s bantamweight champion.
She trained at an intense level to prepare for the fight:
The big night came on Friday. Rousey got in the ring with Nunes.
Conditioned to her peak and full of confidence, she went at it with the current champion.
Yet, Nunes took out Rousey in under a minute.
The champion delivered precision and grace with a series of merciless blows that completely demolished Rousey’s defense and left her with little in the way of offense.
Ronda Rousey's retirement party in slow motion. =-) pic.twitter.com/BUFVC0y2pj
— Sophia Helwani (@SophiaHelwani) December 31, 2016
Speaking to the press after the fight, the Brazilian champ thanked Rousey for her enormous contributions to the UFC but stressed that it’s her time now, not Rousey’s, via CNN:
“Before I walked out, (my team) talked, and this moment was my moment. (Rousey) had her time, she did a lot for the sport. I thank Ronda Rousey. But right now, I showed I’m the champion and I’m here to stay.”
Brutal doesn’t even begin describe the beating Nunes gave Rousey:
Amanda Nunes TKO's Ronda Rousey 48 seconds into the fight https://t.co/rErHYpXqfF
— Eric Rosenthal (@ericsports) December 31, 2016
The fight was mostly billed as being Rousey’s chance to reassert her dominance in the UFC after having it taken away by her with a shocking defeat by Holm.
She’d taken a break from fighting since then, seeming to become more of a pop cultural figure than a fighter.
— ☇ASAP Sports News☇ (@ASAP_SportsNews) December 31, 2016
At this time, it’s unclear what Rousey’s next steps will be as a professional fighter.