Brazil's Nunes pummels Rousey in UFC title fight
31 Dec 2016 - 20:37
Las Vegas: Ronda Rousey's comeback was derailed on Friday as the American suffered her second straight pounding when Amanda Nunes won by a TKO less than a minute into their mixed martial arts fight.
The 28-year-old Nunes, of Brazil, barely broke a sweat against a helpless Rousey to easily retain her UFC women's bantamweight belt in Las Vegas.
Referee Herb Dean stopped the rout at 48 seconds of the opening round after Nunes landed an overhand right, followed by a straight left to Rousey's head.
"She had her time. She did a lot for this sport. Thank you, Ronda Rousey. I'm the champion, the Lion," Nunes said.
Rousey entered the octagon first with her trademark scowl, but the angry demeanour quickly turned to desperation as the former champion looked out of her class from the moment Nunes backed her up with the first overhand right.
The 29-year-old from Los Angeles had not fought in over a year since she was pummelled in similar fashion by Holly Holm. The Holm loss also shattered the mystique that Rousey had developed during the 12 straight wins that kickstarted her career. She is now 12-2 overall. Rousey earned a guaranteed $3 million payday for less than a minute's work. Nunes collected $100,000.