Defending bantamweight queen, Amanda Nunes, and her team were as confident as it gets leading up to their UFC 207 showdown with returning former champ Ronda Rousey. Her 48-second battering of Rousey proved that they had good reason to be confident.
Nunes kept Rousey on the end of her volume power punching and quickly out-classed the Judoka. In Nunes' mind, that Rousey's two career losses have come to great strikers is no coincidence.
According to "The Lioness," #RondaRousey was fed false confidence in her own striking abilities by her coach Edmond Tarverdyan. "She thinks that she's a boxer, you know. He like put this thing in her head and make the girl believe in that. I don't know why he did that," #AmandaNunes told members of the media in Las Vegas after her win, Friday night.
Tarverdyan has long told the world that Rousey dominated professional boxers in training, and that she could be a champ in boxing as well as MMA. Despite that, Rousey has yet to ever look fluid or comfortable with her striking during fights, especially defensively.
Most of Rousey's career wins have come by way of armbar submission, after taking opponents down with her world class judo trips and throws. Nunes said she believes that Rousey could continue to fight and win in the UFC, but only if she honestly assesses her skills and fights towards her strengths.
"She has great judo, and she can go far in this division, but [Tarverdyan] put some crazy thing about boxing [in Rousey's head], and her career started to go down.”
Nunes doesn't believe that Rousey will continue to fight. If she does, however, the Brazilian said she is fine making good on her pre-fight promise to give Ronda a rematch.
“Yeah, that’s it for her," Nunes ended.
"For sure she’s going to retire. She can’t take it anymore. If she wants the rematch, I’m going to do the same thing because she can’t take my punches.”