Last night, UFC bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes delivered a stunning knockout to Rousey, ending the fight within 48 seconds of the first round. After Nunes landed more than 20 strikes onto Rousey, the referee stepped in and declared the fight a technical knockout, allowing Nunes to retain her championship title.
The fight garnered a stadium crowd of more than 19,000 people, and more than 1 million pay-per-view sales are expected, according to Yahoo Sports.
After the fight, UFC fans declared on Twitter that Rousey might as well call it quits. Sure, it wasn’t a “Ronda Rousey is over party,” but it might as well have been.
Commentators speculate that this loss, compounded with her loss to Holm and her 13-month-long absence, may push Rousey toward retirement.
Regardless of the future of Rousey’s career, she paved the way for female fighters to be employed by UFC after becoming the first woman ever to do so, and fans recognized that as well.
Rest up, Rousey. Hopefully, your 2017 is far less painful than projected.