Amanda Nunes opens up on feeling “alone” before Ronda Rousey fight

March 11, 2017 7:45 am by Evan Bell
Amanda Nunes, UFC 215

At UFC 207, former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey made her highly anticipated return to the Octagon for a showdown with UFC women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes.

Throughout the buildup of the fight, Rousey was the focus of the promos leading up to the fight, stirring quite a bit of controversy given that Nunes, the champion, was not receiving the same promo as Rousey was. Following her dominant win over Rousey, Nunes used her post-fight press conference to bash the former champ, saying:

Amanda Nunes

“Fuck Ronda Rousey. Now she is going to retire and go do movies. She already has a lot of money. Come on. We have a lot of talent in this division. Now you guys have to look at these girls coming up and working hard. Forget about Ronda Rousey!”

Nunes then apologized to the former champ in the days following the fight, stating that she was caught up in the moment.

Now, ahead of the ‘UFC Fight Night: 106’ ceremonial weigh-ins in Brazil, Nunes spoke during a Q&A to reflect on the build-up to the fight, as well as the fight itself, saying:

Amanda Nunes

“I talk about anger, but I was sad,” Nunes said during a Q&A before the UFC Fight Night 106 ceremonial weigh-ins in Brazil. “I felt alone, you know what I mean? Everything was for Ronda, and I was the champion, the best in the world. That’s why I say that. They hurt me a lot. I fought that day with anger.

“Every time I touched Ronda, connected a punch, I wanted more and more,” she continued. “That’s why the fight was so fast. Every time I connected, I felt that she couldn’t take it, so I threw more and only stopped when it was over. But it was good.”

“It was great, you know?” Nunes said. “Every punch I landed in that face made me wanna laugh, but I held it. It was great.”

This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 3/11/2017.


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