Last month during UFC 205 fight week, women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes predicted a first-round knockout against the returning Ronda Rousey at UFC 207. Nunes, who was crowned the new 135 lbs champ after submitting Miesha Tate in July, has finished ten of her thirteen wins in the first round.
Rousey has since fired back criticizing the champions cardio and ability to fight past the opening round.
“Well she kind of has to say that because everyone knows she gasses out in the second so she has to tell herself that” Rousey said on the Conan O’Brien Show earlier in the week. “What else is she going to tell herself? She has to sleep at night somehow.”
Rousey is also someone who not often goes past the first round, as 11 of her 12 career victories came by way of stoppage in the first. The Olympic bronze medalist was knocked out in the second round by Holly Holm last year, and UFC 207 will mark her return to the Octagon after spending over 12 months on the sidelines.
UFC 207, which features Nunes vs. Rousey in the main event, takes place later this month, Dec. 30 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.