If you didn’t catch Ronda Rousey’s return to UFC action on Friday night, here are some of the ways it has been described:
“How to Block Punches With Your Face, by Ronda Rousey”
“Ronda Rousey Got Lit Up Like a Christmas Tree”
“Last Celebrity Death of 2016”
“Nunes Just Sent Rousey Straight Into the WWE”
Here’s a GIF of the end of the fight, which lasted just 48 seconds and one of the most lopsided beatdowns in UFC history, especially considering how dominant of a champion Rousey was just 13 months ago. Rousey wasn’t interviewed by Joe Rogan in the cage after the fight (a good decision, really, since she had just been knocked senseless by Nunes), nor did she make herself available to media after the event. However, she did release a statement the following day, thanking fans for their support and vowing to take some time to reflect before she makes a decision on her future.
“I want to say thank you to all of my fans who have been there for me in not only the greatest moments but in the most difficult ones. Words cannot convey how much your love and support means to me.
“Returning to not just fighting, but winning, was my entire focus this past year. However, sometimes — even when you prepare and give everything you have and want something so badly — it doesn’t work how you planned. I take pride in seeing how far the women’s division has come in the UFC and commend all the other women who have been part of making this possible, including Amanda.
“I need to take some time to reflect and think about the future. Thank you for believing in me and understanding.”
Rousey has now lost badly in two straight fights, although they were 13 months apart. She has spoken in the past about not wanting to stay in the fight game for much longer, so it’s not unrealistic that we never see Rousey in the UFC again.