To close out 2016, former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey made her highly anticipated return to the Octagon to fight Amanda Nunes in the main event of UFC 207. While Rousey was the focus of the promotional videos leading up to the fight, when the pair stepped in the Octagon, it was UFC women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes who left a lasting impact on fight fans as she secured a 48 second KO win over Rousey.
Following the pay-per view broadcast, fight fans switched over to Fox Sports 1 for the post-fight show where Jon Anik and Miesha Tate were standing by.
According to Anik, it was an extremely strange scenario.
He spoke to MMAJunkie:
“Having to go on the air 30 seconds literally after Amanda Nunes knocked out Ronda Rousey was sort of one of the weirdest things I’ve had to do on TV,” Anik said. “We do it all the time, we do these post-fight shows, but we knew we were going to go quickly and it was really hard to just collect my thoughts after that moment. It was just stunning the way it went down.
“You had 400-plus days of build-up for Ronda Rousey’s return only to see it come crashing down in a matter of seconds. And it came on the heels of a classic between Cody Garbrandt and Dominick Cruz that went the full 25 minutes, so you thought you were settling in for a little bit of fighting, and you didn’t get it.”
While the build-up to the fight was focused on Rousey, it was Nunes who Anik believes could be the focus of the entire post-fight show:
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“We could spend 30 minutes on Amanda Nunes if we just want to leave the show with that and talk about Nunes,” Anik added. “She gave you enough in that fight and in that fight week with the way she handled everything, to talk about for 30 minutes. So big ups for Amanda Nunes.”