Ultimate Fighting Championship star Ronda Rousey's comeback was derailed Friday as the American suffered her second straight pounding when Amanda Nunes won by a TKO less than a minute into their mixed martial arts fight. Pics/AFP/AP
28-year-old Nunes, of Brazil, barely broke a sweat against a helpless Rousey to easily retain her UFC women's bantamweight belt in Las Vegas
Referee Herb Dean stopped the rout at 48 seconds of the opening round after Nunes landed an overhand right, followed by a straight left to Rousey's head.
Rousey entered the octagon first with her trademark scowl, but the angry demeanour quickly turned to desperation as the former champion looked out of her class from the moment Nunes backed her up with the first overhand right
Rousey, a former Olympic judo medalist, is one of MMA's biggest stars and has helped widen the sport's global appeal
Rousey earned a guaranteed $3 million payday for less than a minute's work. Nunes collected $100,000
Edmond Tarverdyan, Rouseyâs coach, caught much of the heat for his pupilâs loss
Nunes is a black belt in Brazilian jiu jitsu.
Nunes put her finger to her lips and circled the cage after the stoppage and even taunted Rouseyâs coach, Edmond Tarverdyan.
Rousey was pushed back as Nunes relentlessly pursued her and landed multiple shots.
Rousey briefly protested the stoppage before leaving the cage in her mother's arms.
Rousey had before the fight said that this will be one of the last times fans will see her in the octagon.
Rousey was the most dominant female athlete in mixed martial arts and, alongside Irishman Conor McGregor, one of the most bankable stars in the UFC.
The defeat could signal the end of the road for the 29-year-old Californian, who lost her title a little over a year ago when she was knocked out in stunning fashion by Holly Holm's head kick in the main event at UFC 193 in Melbourne.
Rousey, a judo bronze medallist at the 2008 Olympics, may be one of the biggest draws in the UFC, but she is not universally popular, and the fact that she was allowed to shun the media in the run-up to this fight was not well-received by fighters or fans
Rousey managed to stay up by holding onto the side of the cage with her right hand.
Rousey was unable to put up any semblance of a defence. She was rocked by a number of overhand rights before finally being wobbled one last time and appeared to be out on her feet.
Rouseyâs coach, Edmond Tarverdyan got a lot of brickbats for his pupilâs loss.
Brazilian Nunes is based in Florida and known for as a power puncher.
Nunes, the winner of five straight fights, was dismissive of Rousey after the fight.
Nunes walked away with the women's bantamweight belt, and the chance to start a new chapter in the history of mixed martial arts.
Rousey left the octagon immediately following the official decision, making no comment to the press.
UFC strawweight Nina Ansaroff reacts after Amanda Nunes' victory over Ronda Rousey in their UFC women's bantamweight championship bout during the UFC 207 event on December 30, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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When two beauties meet in a ring, it's electrifying. Check out Amanda Nunes take on Ronda Rousey in a MMA fight that ended in 48 seconds with Nunes retaining her UFC women's bantamweight belt
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