Nunes describes her thoughts going into the fight and after she landed the first punch on Rousey (w/Cervantes Analysis)

By Jonathan Cervantes, MMATorch contributor

Amanda Nunes (photo credit Mark J. Rebilas © USA Today Sports)

Amanda Nunes destroyed Ronda Rousey in just 44 seconds.

Nunes spoke to the press and described when she knew she had Rousey on the retreat. “I saw (she was hurt) after the first punch,” Nunes said. “And then it built my confidence to keep it going.”

She knew Rousey would stand and trade with her because Rousey’s coach has always said that she can strike with the best of fighters. “I knew she was going to strike with me; she (thought she could) because her boxing coach told her she has good striking,” Nunes said. “I knew she was going to strike a little bit with me, but when I started to connect with some punches, I knew she was going to start clinching with me.”

When asked if she expected to dispatch Rousey so quickly, Nunes never had any doubt in her mind. “The whole time I know it was going to be like this, and I trained like that, like a lioness,” she said. “And I knew if I had that strategy in the beginning – that if she gave me the opportunity – I could finish her. I know the girls can’t take my punches, I know that. And it happened tonight”.

Nunes improves to 14-4 and extends her winning streak to 5.

Cervantes Analysis: I have no idea why Rousey stayed with her coach after how poorly her fight with Holly Holm went. Edmond Tarverdyan has always praised Rousey’s striking even when it hasn’t been on par with her competition and it confounds me as to why Rousey didn’t go straight for the take down in this fight. She engaged Nunes and paid the price for it and it seems very likely that this is it for her. She took her last loss very hard and it took a year for her to make a comeback only to be dominated in the same fashion. After coming in a 2-1 underdog, Nunes did an exceptional job tonight in defeating one of the best fighters of all time and she has a long and bright future ahead of her in the division.


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