Nunes Apologizes to Rousey
Women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes felt overlooked ahead of her UFC 207 fight with Ronda Rousey, and her frustration came out after running through the former champ in less than a minute. Now a month later, Nunes says she regrets some of her outbursts directed at Rousey.
Before UFC 207, Amanda Nunes was largely an afterthought in the UFC commercials and promotional materials, despite being the champion of the headlining fight. Instead, the promotion was focused on Rousey’s return following her brutal loss to Holly Holm. To make matters worse for Nunes, Rousey refused to participate in media ahead of the fight, meaning Nunes was kept from doing interviews and appearances as well.
Nunes was quiet ahead of the fight, but afterwards she let out her anger towards the way she was handled. After stopping Rousey, Nunes performed a "shushing" gesture to Rousey’s coach before making disparaging remarks about Rousey in her post-fight interview.
The champion has now taken to Instagram to apologize for her attacks against Rousey, saying that she had felt hurt during the buildup to the fight and had unfairly taken it out on Rousey.
“Let me take a moment to explain myself,” Nunes wrote. “I was overwhelmed with adrenaline, emotion and hurt at the time. I held so much in during the weeks prior to my fight with Ronda. I might have said or posted some things at the time that I now realize was not the right thing to do. I want to apologize to Ronda. Her fans and mine and the UFC as well. Ronda is an amazing athlete and has done so much for this sport, especially for the women.”