Rousey: Nunes “Gasses Out in the Second Round”
Ronda Rousey’s return is less than a month away, though she has stayed out of the spotlight for the majority of her training camp. This week, however, she appeared on Conan and offered a response to her next opponent’s promise of an early knockout.
Amanda Nunes, who holds the bantamweight title that Rousey had once been the lone owner of, has predicted that she will finish Rousey within the first stanza of their UFC 207 main event. Rousey thinks Nunes’s prediction comes not out of confidence, but because of her own flaws as a fighter.
"Yeah, well she kind of has to say that, because everyone knows she gasses out in the second," Rousey said. "So she has to tell herself that, ‘It’s gonna happen first round.’ What else is she gonna tell herself?"
Rousey (12-1) lost her bantamweight title in brutal fashion when she fought Holly Holm at UFC 193 last November. After suffering a second-round knockout loss, Rousey disappeared from the world of MMA for the better part of a year. Now, she is back and seemingly as motivated as ever to prove her dominance.
One thing Rousey has changed in the lead-up to UFC 207, where she will fight for the first time as a UFC challenger rather than champion, is the amount of media she’s done. Outside of her appearances on a few late-night shows, Rousey sees no reason to throw herself back into the gauntlet of long days of countless interviews across the country.
"I don’t really have to," Rousey said. "I’ve done a lot of learning in this last year and I’ve learned that the views I get or the money I make really doesn’t mean anything for me or my happiness. Now that I know the women’s division is secure, I don’t have to do that anymore. I choose not to.
"It’s not really something that I get a kick off of. Like, ‘Ooh, I went to spend 12 hours at ESPN and talk sh*t all day.’ That’s not really what I want to do. I want to play World of Warcraft."
In the few appearances she has done since her loss, Rousey has hinted that her days as a UFC fighter are numbered. Though she doesn’t believe Nunes will be her last opponent, Rousey doesn’t see many more fights ahead.
"I don’t think after this fight," Rousey said of retirement, "but definitely soon."