Amanda Nunes had a little something to say to Ronda Rousey’s corner after her emphatic 48-second victory in Friday night’s UFC 207 main event. The defending bantamweight champion signaled for Rousey’s faction to be quiet.
Namely, Rousey’s coach Edmond Tarverdyan.
And after displaying her striking superiority over Rousey — whom she picked apart with punches, rendering one of the UFC’s most significant stars powerless to defend herself — Nunes explained her actions in the aftermath at the post-fight press conference in Las Vegas.
“I knew [Rousey] was going to to strike with me, because she thinks it because her boxing coach told her she has good striking,” Nunes said. “I knew she was going to strike a little bit with me, but when I started to connect with some punches I knew she would want to start to clinch with me.”
Rousey was making her much-awaited return after 13 months away from competition. Because she lost to Holly Holm in dramatic fashion at UFC 193 — in part for being overly aggressive offensively — some thought she would return to her judo roots, and try to win the battle in the clinch.
Yet Rousey only once went for a clinch, and was easily shut down. By that point she was being pieced up by Nunes on the feet, and moments later referee Herb Dean was calling a halt to the onslaught.
Nunes said that Rousey’s coaching staff had essentially deluded her into thinking she was something she was not.
“Yeah, because she thinks that she’s a boxer, you know?” she said. “He like put this thing in her head and make the girl believe in that. I don’t know why he did that. She have great judo, and she can go far in this division, but he put some crazy thing about boxing, and her career started to go down. And if I win that, I am the real striker. This is the only thing I wanted to look at him, to say it.”
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