Amanda Nunes shocked the world on Friday night in Las Vegas at UFC 207. 48 seconds is all it took for Nunes to TKO Ronda Rousey and to quite possibly send Ronda Rousey into retirement.
The night’s main event, reigning UFC women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes stunned those in attendance as well as those watching around the world at home and in as she completed a mere 48-second dismantling of former champion Ronda Rousey. Nunes started firing from the opening bell, not even letting Rousey land a significant strike as she rocked the former champ with a hard punch. Rousey was cornered against the cage as Nunes landed strike after strike, pummeling Rousey with flurries upon flurries of punches.
The punch that rocked Rousey, however, was a left hook. The fight arguably ended when that hook landed, Rousey had no clue where she was, with many heaping the criticism on her coach post-fight for not preparing her for Holm and Nunes’ striking prowess. Rousey, for all her accomplishments and proficiency as a judoka, isn’t a world class athlete or striker. Holly Holm, and now Amanda Nunes, have exposed that. Ronda’s stance was sloppy, her head didn’t move to bob and weave punches, it only moved when Nunes’ fists made it move.
But, that fight wasn’t the only one of the night however.
Cody Garbrandt displayed an otherworldly stand-up game in his UFC men’s bantamweight bout against Dominick Cruz. For a guy nicknamed “No Love” there was certainly no love lost between Cody Garbrandt and Dominick Cruz leading up to, and even during, the fight. Cruz apparently took some classes at the Conor McGregor University of Trash Talk, even verbally sparring with Garbrandt on air on Fox Sports 1’s coverage of UFC Sacramento.
Garbrandt constantly clowned Cruz every time Cruz would miss a punch or kick, at one point even break dancing and doing the robot. Garbrandt was a lot sleeker and more agile than Cruz, who constantly was on the defense against the much faster and bolder Garbrandt. Garbrandt would get in, strike, and get out, often weaving out of the way of Cruz’s increasingly wild strikes. In the end, Garbrandt’s hand was raised and Bruce Buffer shouted his trademark “AND NEW” as Garbrandt was crowned the best male bantamweight in the world as well as call out TJ Dillashaw, who defeated John Lineker in the previous fight, in the process. Also, a nice touch by Garbrandt was allowing cancer survivor Maddux Maple to walk out, as well as wear the championshipbelt in the Octagon.
Below are the full results of the card (winners in bold).
Amanda Nunes def. Ronda Rousey via 1st round TKO to retain title (punches)
Cody Garbrandt def. Dominick Cruz via unanimous decision to take men’s bantamweight title
TJ Dillashaw def. John Lineker via unanimous decision to become #1 contender for bantamweight title
Dong Hyun Kim def. Tarec Saffiedine via split decision
Ray Borg def. Louis Smolka via unanimous decision
Neil Magny def. Johny Hendricks via unanimous decision
Antonio Carlos Junior def. Marvin Vettori via unanimous decision
Alex Garcia def. Mike Pyle via KO (punch)
Niko Price def. Brandon Thatch via arm triangle choke
Alex Oliveira vs. Tim Means was ruled a No Contest due to illegal knees by Oliveira on Means who was considered a downed opponent.
That does it for the results of the final UFC event of 2016, what’s next for Ronda, I have a feeling we’ll find out soon. We all also wish the best to longtime UFC commentator Mike Goldberg. Until then, have a Happy New Year everyone!