Amanda Nunes apologized to Ronda Rousey for her behavior following their match.
Brazilian fighter, Nunes, defeated Ultimate Fighting Championship superstar and Hollywood actress, Ronda Rousey, for the UFC bantamweight championship at UFC 207. Rousey was at one point an unstoppable force in the octagon, making quick work of opponent after opponent. Her star had risen to the point that she was an internationally renowned personality. Before her fight with Nunes, Rousey suffered the first loss of her career to Holly Holm. Holm then lost to Meisha Tate in UFC 196. Nunes defeated Tate at UFC 200 and then faced the returning nova, Rousey.
Rousey and Nunes had a contentious lead up to the fight in which both fighters guaranteed the defeat of the other. Nunes would go on to defeat Rousey in 48 seconds before going on long, emotional rants about her victory and posting mocking references to Rousey on her social media. Nunes apologized for her unsportsmanlike conduct.
“Let me take a moment to explain myself. I was overwhelmed with adrenaline, emotion and hurt at the time. I held so much in during the weeks prior to my fight with Ronda. I might have said or posted some things at the time that I now realize was not the right thing to do. I want to apologize to Ronda. Her fans and mine and the UFC as well. Ronda is an amazing athlete and has done so much for this sport, especially for the women. #respect,” posted Nunes on Instagram.