Rousey fu­ture in doubt af­ter bru­tal de­feat

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Ronda Rousey’s UFC come­back af­ter more than a year out of the oc­tagon lasted just 48 sec­onds as she was bru­tally stopped by Amanda Nunes, who said af­ter­wards: “I’m here to stay”.

Rousey was seek­ing to re­gain the ban­tamweight cham­pi­onship she lost in Novem­ber 2015 to Holly Holm, her first de­feat in the UFC, but she proved no match for Nunes as her Brazil­ian op­po­nent rained down punches from the open­ing bell.

Nunes, who de­fended the ti­tle she won ear­lier this year by de­feat­ing Miesha Tate, landed sev­eral heavy blows that wob­bled Rousey, forc­ing the ref­eree to in­ter­vene af­ter less than a minute of the con­test at UFC 207 in Las Ve­gas.

The de­feat was Rousey’s sec­ond in 14 fights and, while she re­mains the most high-pro­file woman in the sport, be­ing paid a re­ported £2.4 mil­lion for this bout, the 29-year-old may now re­tire.

The tri­umphant Nunes shouted to the sell-out crowd: “For­get about Ronda Rousey! She’s go­ing to go do movies. For­get about her. She has a lot of money al­ready.”

Later, in an in­ter­view posted on the UFC’s web­site, she added: “Be­fore I walked out, [my team and I] talked, and this mo­ment was my mo­ment.

“[Rousey] had her time, she did a lot for the sport. I thank Ronda Rousey. But right now, I showed I’m the cham­pion and I’m here to stay.”

Rousey left the oc­tagon with­out speak­ing and her long-term fu­ture in the sport is now in se­ri­ous doubt.

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