Nunes: I Saw Fear In Rousey’s Eyes
At UFC 207, Ronda Rousey learned rather quickly that it was a bad idea to trade punches with Amanda Nunes. After Nunes steamrolled through Rousey in 48 seconds, the Brazilian champion has been critical of Rousey’s gameplan, saying that her coaches made a mistake in telling the judo specialist that she had solid boxing skills.
Speaking to Combate, Nunes said that she knew the fight was over long before the stoppage finally came.
"I knew she wanted to strike with me,” Nunes said. “I think she did it because of her ego, but it was a completely mistaken gameplan, to face someone like me like that. When I landed the first shot, I felt she was done. Her eyes showed me that. I saw fear. She was afraid I would connect again, because the first shot was just a jab."
Despite some of Nunes’s more fiery comments directed at Rousey in the aftermath of UFC 207, she does feel sympathetic towards the former champion, who has now suffered two straight devastating losses. Having been defeated herself in her UFC career, Nunes advised Rousey to surround herself with new people and start fresh.
"I’ve been through a moment like this in my career,” Nunes said. “Losing is really hard, but if you’re strong, you can bounce back like I did. Make some adjustments, change your training routine, go to a new team. Her passion for her life and her family need to be with her. That’s very important."
As for what is her next move, Nunes will be closely watching when Holly Holm and Germaine de Randamie face off for the inaugural women’s featherweight belt. Rather than defend her title again in her next bout, Nunes wants to make history as the first woman to be a two-weight UFC champion.
"My next step is to go up a weight class and chase the featherweight belt."