UFC 207: Ronda Rousey battled loss of self-confidence against Nunes

Ronda Rousey has once again been subjected to a humiliating defeat in the UFC women’s bantamweight championships. The defeat marks her second knockout in an amazing martial arts career which reached its peak in 2012.

The 29-year-old American has been down in the dumps after losing to Holly Holms at T-Arena in Las Vegas last year.

Unfortunately, she received her second bashing at the same venue, but this time in the hands of a Brazilian underdog Amanda Nunes, who has suddenly found fame.

In a total of 14 games as a bantamweight boxer, Rousey won 12 [3 by Knock Out and 9 by Submission]. The former champion however lost only 2 by Knock Out.

Unlike the loss against Holms, who knocked her unconscious with a kick to the head in November 15, Rousey remained on the ground but was unable to continue fighting.

The unexpected knock-out from Nunes is said to be her fastest ever. Her historical rise from grass to grace will be remembered for the image which Rousey has upon herself as the “Best Female Athlete Ever”.

Image: Ronda Rousey

“I’m stopping everybody like that,” Nunes said after making nonsense of Rousey’s legacy. The Brazilian fighter’s hunger for more victories has just been stirred.

During an appearance at Ellen deGeneres earlier in November, a confident Rousey said the fight against Nunes would be her last.

In her words: “This is definitely one of my last fights.”

She continued in the video which was first released on YouTube, telling Ellen DeGeneres: “Everybody better watch because the show isn’t going to last forever.”

However, it seemed she had a premonition that this morning’s UFC 207 match would end the way it did.

“I think it’s more the buildup that’s more tiring than anything else,” Rousey said.

“It’s the weeks and weeks of buildup beforehand. You know you’re going to fight this one person, and it’s like your showdown, and the most important thing in your whole life, and then millions of people are watching…If it just happened right now I wouldn’t be nervous at all.”

Rousey painfully admitted the truth as she told Ellen: “It’s the waiting that causes the biggest setback.”

Rousey will be needing more support and love from fans at this sad moment. She had thoughts of committing suicide after the loss against Holms last year, a reason the former champion went on vacation for a very long time.

“I was down in the corner [of the medical room], and I was like, ‘What am I anymore if I’m not this?’ I was literally sitting there and thinking about killing myself,” Rousey confessed to a good friend DeGeneres in 2015.

“In that exact second I’m like, ‘I’m nothing.'”