It took only 48 seconds for women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes to defend her title against Ronda Rousey at UFC 207 on Friday night. Nunes pummeled the superstar — out-landing Rousey 27-7 as per FightMetric — before Herb Dean stepped in to stop the onslaught. It seems Nunes, however, wasn’t done dealing blows after her win.
During her post-fight interview, Nunes urged viewers to stop buying into the hype surrounding Rousey and start paying respect to the “real champion.” The Brazilian was especially critical of Rousey’s head coach Edmond Tarverdyan at the post-fight press conference:
“She thinks she’s a boxer. He [Edmond] put that in her head. I don’t know why, because she has great judo but he put it in her head that she’s some great boxer. I’m the real striker here. I wanted to look at him and say that.”
Tarverdyan has been a figure of controversy since Rousey’s emergence as a UFC star. Many members of the MMA community believe that his coaching skills are weak and that his strategical advice is unsound. Many also believe that Tarverdyan is abjectly unqualified, and grafted onto Rousey’s success to etch a name for himself. The polarizing coach has made a few headlines in recent months: Once for a confrontation with Fabricio Werdum at UFC 205 and again when a video leaked of Tarverdyan claiming he would beat Jose Aldo in a striking contest.
With her win at UFC 207, Nunes now has the most first-round finishes in women’s bantamweight history with six. It remains to be seen if she will establish herself as a reliable draw, but she’s headlined two big cards in 2016 (UFC 200 and UFC 207) and loomed large in both performances.