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Nunes takes U-turn on Ronda jibe
- Updated: February 2, 2017
From beat-them-up artist Amanda Nunes comes what we certainly weren’t expecting. It is an apology of sorts.
And no, it wasn’t for causing global warming or perpetually looking fit enough to wrestle a full grown hippo with one leg tied behind her and a hand amputated without anesthesia.
No, the apology was for her most famous opponent, the one and only Ronda Rousey, who seems to have a strong monopoly over my fantasies on boring days.
On December 30, if you weren’t too inebriated celebrating the coming New Year, Nunes administered a shocking defeat and massive humiliation on the former undisputed champion who was aiming to bounce back from a previous defeat.
Ronda, to our collective horror, was throughly beaten up like a misbehaving goat at the market inside 48 seconds.
To further add insult and pepper to injury and humiliation, after her win, Nunes had urged fans to “forget about Ronda Rousey” and suggested that Ronda was just a massively over-hyped creation of UFC desperate to acquire female fans to the sport.
However, now, no matter how belated, she has issued an apology, on Instagram rather than face-to-face.
“Let me take a moment to explain myself,” Nunes wrote.
“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.”
Rousey, on her part, has yet to respond to the somewhat moldy olive branch being hesitantly offered, and there is presently no knowing what her present and future plans are.
UFC head honcho Dana White has since spoken to her and reports she might well retire.
He said, “Her spirits are good and she’s doing her own thing.
“In the conversation I had with her, if I had to say right here, right now, and I don’t like saying right here, right now because it’s up to her, it’s her thing, but I wouldn’t say she fights again. I think she’s probably done.
“I think she’s going to ride off in the sunset and start living her life outside of fighting.”